Here's what the Giants coaches and players had to say after beating Washington for their first win of the season...

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We won, so smile. It wasn’t easy. Nobody said it was going to be. They’re a good football team; they had all the numbers coming in here, as you well know. I haven’t seen any of our numbers. Looked like we did a pretty good job against the run, which we’ve been doing. Obvious down the stretch there that they just opened up and threw every down. We weren’t able to get a lot of pressure on the quarterback. We did on occasion, but it seemed like every time we were going to get ‘em out of there, we either had a penalty or some kind of a gain which gave them a first down. But I am disappointed in the kickoff coverage at the end of the game when there’s absolutely no relaxing at this level in any capacity and I thought we did on that play. But I was pleased that we had a lot of opportunities, again it wasn’t great in the green zone. We ended up kicking field goals and that would have been fine if that was the margin for winning, but touchdowns in a couple of occasions there would have made it a little bit of a different game. But listen, I’m happy to win and that’s the bottom line.

Q: Do you have that pressure Tom, considering your defense was without [Robert] Ayers [Jr.] and [D.Rogers] Cromartie and obviously JPP [Jason Pierre-Paul]? Did you get a pretty good performance from them…?

A: Yeah, I think we did. And I think on the other side of the ball, I have to give all kinds of credit to [Marshall] Newhouse, to [Justin] Pugh, and the offensive line for doing an outstanding job as well—keeping the outside backers off the quarterback. I mean they are outstanding players now.

Q: Talk about what you saw from Rueben Randle today.

A: Reuben, I felt like, you know, for a couple weeks he’s been coming on and appearing more and more like himself and I told him I thought he’d have a big game tonight and obviously he did, so I am happy for Reuben. Let’s hope he comes out of this thing and can give us more of the same.

Q: What is it that made you think he was getting better?

A: I think he was running very, very well. His patterns in practice seem to be good. I liked the way he was in pregame so I felt he was going to have a nice night.

Q: Was there something you saw that you put [Rashad] Jennings on that punt block team?

A: He’s been on it for a while. Yeah, he’s probably got ten blocks. Where’s your stats? He’s told everybody else. He probably hasn’t told you.  He has about ten blocks in this league.

Q: You have a lot of starters you’ve been kind of using in that role. We’ve seen D.R.C. [D. Rodgers-Cromartie] out there at times, I believe, Prince [Amukamara] on the punt team. What’s the thinking behind that?

A: Everybody has to contribute. Everybody has to help. Everybody is normally, you know, starters can be on one, maybe two special teams, especially on the defensive side of the ball. Rashad has a unique talent with regard to blocking punts and so he’s anxious to be on that team.

Q: Tom, did you say anything—you had a double-digit lead going into the fourth quarter. Did you verbalize anything for the guys on the sideline given the way the first two games went?

A: We did last night, you know, and we tried to relate that to them that our whole deal was it’s the fourth quarter. We’re going to take it up another notch, take it to another level, and spend all the gas in the tank in the fourth quarter trying to get a win.

Q: Your thoughts on Eli [Manning]’s performance overall?

A: Very, very steady—did an outstanding job with the post call down the middle obviously to [Odell] Beckham [Jr.] when we needed a big play there between the two of them was outstanding; the play on third and long for the touchdown to Rueben [Randle] where he stayed with the ball. But I thought Eli was very much in control of the entire game tonight and did a nice job getting us in and out of runs, checking some of the protections, checking even some of the route combinations. So, he was very, very much under control tonight and did an outstanding job.

Q: Tom, some of the mistakes, uncharacteristic mistakes that Eli [Manning] had made the first two weeks, does it kind of speak to his mental toughness that stuff just doesn’t bother him?

A: Well, it does bother him.  It bothers him deep down inside, but he doesn’t show it much, but it’s a testimony to him, his pride, how hard he works at the game and also his confidence in himself.

Q: Tom, when you look at the lack of stability and some injuries at that position around the league, in the division. Just the fact that Eli is there every week for however many years, how important is that characteristic?

A: Oh, it’s critical to us and our preparation and obviously over all these years that even when he’s been injured, he’s lined up and played. Even when the knee, you called him out, he lined up and played, so the stability of that and the ability to game plan knowing that he’s in that position, that’s a huge plus for our team and always has been.

Q: Your defense had another turnover that sets up another touchdown early on in the game. You’ve been very opportunistic so far this season. Is that just from playing hard, playing aggressive?

A: I think that’s the point. I do think that Prince [Amukamara], on his behalf, I think he studied well, I think he knew he had some kind of tip. He knew that was coming. He really drove hard on the ball as good as I’ve seen him this fall and he really made a nice play and, as you say, gave us outstanding field position. We did score on the drive.

Q: Up until that last play, you held them to 62 yards rushing. How important was it to get Jon [Beason] back in there at middle linebacker?

A: Well, Jon, being in the middle backer position really gave us outstanding leadership on the field. We still used [Unai] ‘Unga in a lot of situations and he’s played well. He’s a good, good young player and he’s going to do nothing but get better. But the team voted Jon the defensive captain and for good reason, so when he was out there, he provides the leadership.

Q: And [Nikita] Whitlock at defensive tackle a little bit?

A: Yeah, and he got some rushes too. He’s a multi-task, multi-talented guy who can rush the passer, plays fullback as you all know, is on all of the special teams. He’s got great energy, this kid.

Q: Tom, for your team to get the win tonight and not let this losing streak continue—you actually smiled, by the way, after the Odell [Beckham Jr.] touchdown…

A: I did?

Q: I believe so.

A: Oh boy, I better watch out.

Q: What do you think this means for the locker room?

A: Well, you know, I feel so badly for the players that they don’t have the reinforcement that they need. In other words, even when they, I’m not saying our games were anything to write home about, but, in truth, we could have won two games coming into this one tonight and players need the reinforcement, the confidence that comes from pushing a thing through to a win. I’m hoping that helps in the locker room.

Q: The red flag at the end…

A: I couldn’t believe it. Was the knee down or was it not down? What’s the big deal? They picked up three flags on us, three in a row they picked up and they didn’t give us that one.[/sny-accordion]

[sny-accordion title="QB Eli Manning"]

Q: Overall assessment of the team and for you?

A: Yeah, I thought we had a good day. I thought we moved the ball real well all day, converted on third downs. Still need to get a little bit better in the red zone, too many field goals. We’re getting there a lot, which is good, we’re just all of a sudden down there and we have a missed play, we have a drop, we have a missed throw, something that gets us off and we get into third-and-longs and it’s tough. It’s tough to convert third-and-8s and 9s down there in the 15-, 10-yard line. There’s just not a whole lot of room. But I thought we hung in there and Coach challenged us to win the fourth quarter, to elevate our play in the fourth quarter and I thought we did that tonight. Basic plays there in that last quarter to win the game.

Q: What did you think about Rueben Randle’s performance tonight?

A: Rueben played well, played outstanding from the get-go. Had some nice catches, hit him down the right sideline on a little double move. Honestly, the touchdown at the end of the fourth quarter, the one-on-one, and he concentrated on that and making that play, big play for us. We need him to play well and I felt bad the first games hadn’t gotten him as involved as we should’ve and he’s a big part of the offense. It’s good to get him back going and getting him catches and making sure people know you have a lot more than just one receiver

Q: Tom was saying you don’t show it but what’s happened the last two weeks bothers you a lot inside. What was your level of frustration coming into this game?

A: I felt bad. I felt bad for the first two games, we were right there. Games we could’ve easily won. Had leads in the fourth quarter and did not hold on to those and were not at our best in the final minutes of the game. It’s frustrating. We had opportunities and we didn’t take advantage of it. So you never know. So I think just keep working and I think I want our teammates to know we can win this game. We can win this fourth quarter, be excited about these opportunities, we can’t dredge on it. We have some downs, we have some bad plays, we have some bad games, we don’t have success in those situations. If you start dredging them, it’s going to get worst. You’ve just got to get back in that moment, get back in that situation, have some success and feel good about yourself.

Q: Was anything said on the field or in the huddle as the fourth quarter started, knowing you’re in your third straight game with a significant lead?

A: Just to keep going. Coach kind of said, ‘hey, we’re going to elevate our play.’ Everybody kind of put a finger up and said let’s talk about elevating our play, raising the intensity and to go in the fourth quarter. That was the mental approach and we challenged that and I thought the guys accepted the challenge.

Q: Eli, talk about the tight end Larry Donnell, who dropped a pass in the red zone but you came back to him. How important is he to your offense?

A: Larry in the first quarter had a third down conversion and ran a great route, got open, got the drop and had to settle for a field goal right there. In the fourth quarter we had a pretty good drive going, we had second-and-17 and actually hit him down the seam for a great catch and the first down. Come up for the next play there for a touchdown. So huge play by Larry, great call by Coach McAdoo setting that up and got the perfect coverage and it worked out just how we hoped it would. I thought the tight ends, I thought Fells, Daniel Fells made some nice plays for us, Larry played tough, I thought all the guys did a good job.

Q: About Coach, how important is it to you, to the team, that he doesn’t go up and down, he’s always pretty steady?

A: Sometimes he can be a little animated, he can get fired up. It’s good. He challenges the team and I think that’s what great coaches do. They’ve got to push your buttons to get the best out of you and there’s always times when things don’t go as well as you want it and you’ve got to find a way to push the guys without bringing them down. I thought he did a good job on a short week getting us ready to play this game, making sure the spirits are up and the guys are ready. I thought we came out fired from the get-go and had a great game offense, defense, special teams and obviously Rashad getting it started with the block punt to start it.

Q: The touchdown to Odell, was that pre-planned coming out of the huddle or was it something you saw based on coverage?

A: That was the call, the play that was called by Coach McAdoo. We’ve been running a lot out of that personnel and safeties got a little low, I don’t know if they were in corners or they were in single-high and the safeties got antsy and got low. When you’ve got Odell at post and there’s a safety not real deep, that’s a big alert and he did a really good job making the catch.

Q: Eli, given that you won a championship starting a season 0-2 and you won your second when you were 7-7, do you feel like you can get confidence in that context with this this 0-2 start?

A: Yeah. I think it gives us confidence. Hey, it’s a long season, there’s a lot of football to play. Our division, it’s too early to know and we can’t run away with right now. But hey, you’ve got to get one win and just keep going. Let’s try to get another, put some things together because I feel like we’ve been playing pretty good football. It’s not like we’re just getting blown out. It’s not like last year the first two games we didn’t play real well and we got pretty beat. I thought we’re not turning the ball over, we’re converting on third downs, we’re moving the ball, we’ve got to score a little better in the red zone, made some mistakes and hadn’t been our best in the last few minutes of the game but those are things you can correct and fix. For the most part, the running game’s in the fourth quarter and doing a lot of good things. We’ve got to keep doing that.[/sny-accordion]

[sny-accordion title="WR Odell Beckham Jr."]

Q: Can you talk about what it’s like to get that first win after the first two weeks?

A: It’s just great to be able to finally put a win underneath our belt.  This team fought hard for the past three games and we’ve came up short in two of them. It’s just great to finally be able to come out on top.

Q: How about Rueben [Randle]? He really stepped up today, too. 

A: I wouldn’t really call it stepping up, so to say. He’s capable of doing that every single time. We’ve all got to pitch in to be able to do that. It was great to be able to see him get in the end zone tonight and be able to see him out there. We’re all having fun. It’s definitely a way better feeling, winning than losing, I’ll tell you that.

Q: You have 19 catches for 222 yards and four touchdowns in two games against the Redskins. You like seeing this team? 

A: I don’t know what it is, it’s just something about it. It’s a division rivalry and at the end of the day, we’re all going to put our best foot forward every game. It just happens sometimes against Washington, I guess. I don’t know. They did a great job tonight limiting some of the things that we were trying to do and we just kept clawing and scratching and found a way to win.

Q: Do you feel relief in this room? 

A: I never really felt any other way than how I felt now.  It was just two tough losses. At the end of the day we wanted to win them, but like I said, there’s 16 games in the season. 1-2 right now and you’ve just got to keep pushing forward.

Q: How much does that big play by the special teams and then by the defense help propel your offense when you get onto the field? 

A: I mean it’s everything. Being able to go down there on special teams and make a play and come back on defense. You have the defense flying around, hitting people and picking the ball off and just out there lights out and playing fast. It makes all the difference in the world. It’s extra motivation as an offensive player and I’m sure it’s the same as when the offense is out there clicking and we’re making plays. It gets your team fired up. I think tonight was a way of putting all the pieces together, even the pieces that we left out in the first and second game…limiting the mistakes the best that we can and controlling what we can control.[/sny-accordion]

[sny-accordion title="WR Rueben Randle"]

Q: Coach said that he knew this was going to be a good week for you, the way that you were running. Did you feel as though this was going to be a break out week, were you feeling better coming into the game?

A: I’ve been feeling pretty good throughout the total season.  Today I was just able to make some plays for my team and came out with a victory.

Q: Are you talking about that touchdown catch out there in terms of tracking the ball all the way?

A:  Yeah, lucky we had the crowd that helped me out a bit.  It’s kind of hard to see the ball, kind of lost it in the light, but I was able to stick with it and make a play.

Q: The onside kicks out there, what was that?

A: The first one came in a little hot, I was going to let it go by and it kind of got under my foot a little bit.  The second took a hot hop on me and led me a little out of bounds.

Q:  Do you think the plan was to get you involved tonight?

A:  Yeah, luckily I came through for the team, made a few plays and got a team win.

Q: Was it difficult for you to keep your spirits up?

A:  It was frustrating at times but I don’t think it was hard for me to keep my spirits up.  It’s a long season, my job is to stick with it no matter what the situation may be and make a play.

Q: Coach expressed that he felt you were going to have a good game.  What did it mean to have his confidence in you?

A:  Its great as a player for your coach to have confidence in you.  You’ve got to step up to the plate and make the best out of opportunities when they come, and that’s what I tried to do tonight.

Q:  Was it good to get this hurdle out of the way?

A: Yeah, just to get that victory.  Definitely, in the division, we need it to keep ourselves in the race.

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[sny-accordion title="CB Prince Amukamara"]

Q: How big is it just to get this first one under your belt?

A: I think it’s great for our team. I think it’s something that we can build off of. You definitely don’t want to be here in New York especially, and keep having that goose egg—it’s 0-1, then 0-2, then you end the only team with no wins. You just don’t want that type of energy or that atmosphere here. I’m glad we got the win out of the way and we can focus on winning more.

Q: Take me through that pick at the beginning of the game and what you saw on the play.

A: Just formation recognition. Coach Walton, my DB coach, gave me that tip earlier this week. It was one of those formations that I just memorized.

Q: Off the safety, then the pick, did you feel like those two plays got momentum going the right way after a couple of tough losses?

A: Yes, I think those two were huge. I think the safety was a big momentum changer by Rashad, he started it, and then I think my pick as well. Anytime you can turn over the ball and put the offense in a position to score, I think it’s good for the team.

Q: Easier to enjoy your weekend off with a win, right?

A: Way much easier. You definitely don’t want to spend the whole weekend just thinking about this game and thinking about being 0-3. So I’m glad guys are in great spirits. We have to be prepared for the Bills next week.

Q: The secondary in particular had a very active game, a lot of batted balls and passes broken up. You didn’t have DRC and everything, but did everybody step it up?

A: Yeah, I think Hosley did a great job. I don’t think he saw a lot of action his way, the middle of the field and my side was getting most of the action. I think he did a great job, I think he’s coming into his own. Unga, I think he’s leading our team in picks. Unga’s been just huge for us, how he controls the huddle and how he’s a leader out there. He’s been great. I think it was just an overall great win for us.

Q: Was it kind of redemptive for you after not being able to make the play on Julio Jones last week to come out and make some plays tonight?

A: I definitely thought about that when I got the pick because that was the last play that I left on the field. It’s like when you play basketball, well when I play basketball, before I leave I like to make the last shot just so I leave on a good note. If I miss the last shot, it just sticks with me and that’s how I felt with the Julio play. I missed the play and it stuck with me, but good thing we had a quick turnaround, a short week. Now I have a sweeter taste in my mouth.

Q: Did you and Landon play a little game at that spot? You were lined up in the slot and dropped back. Was that the plan?

A: Yeah. It was just our coverage, it just switched from one coverage to another. We were playing some type of coverage and then we played zero coverage, which means it’s me and that guy alone. It was just me and that guy. I don’t know if it really was a game, I think the motion took us to a different coverage.

Q: Landon came on a blitz from the slot. It almost looked like you were playing safety a little bit.

A: Right. That’s just because I was just one-on-one with that guy. They would rather me play off and not press because if I do, it’s just a quick go-route. If I’m off and we are sending pressure, I’m able to read a little bit.

Q: You guys talked all week about finishing, finishing, finishing. When that fourth quarter starts, obviously, you guys are thinking about it. How big of a statement was the Eli to Odell touchdown?

A: You mean Eli to Randle or Eli to Odell?

Q: The first one.

A: Oh, the first one. That was huge, man. I’m excited for our offense. I can’t wait for Cruz to come back. I think we’re going to be more scary. Love the way Odell played, I think that helped our team breathe a little bit more. Then when Randle scored, I think we got to exhale more because of that. I think our offense is starting to get it rolling and once we start being on rhythm there, I think we’re going to be scary.

Q: The kickoff return, is this team still learning how to finish?

A: Yeah, that touchdown it was tough. Definitely popped our balloon. I wasn’t out there, I don’t know what happened, but everyone was just shocked like, “Wow we just scored, then that just happened.” Like I said last week, we have the mindset of “So what? Now what?” So we just had to put that play behind us and get back on the field.

Q: Up until that last play you held them to 62 yards rushing. How important was it to have Jon Beason back in the lineup?

A: It was huge. Jon’s presence is great for our team. He’s just one of our strongest captains, strongest leaders. He gets the defense going, he’s like a coach out there just with tips and tendencies. He helps everyone out.

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Nov 25, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants middle linebacker B.J. Goodson (93) walks out of the tunnel before game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
Nov 25, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants middle linebacker B.J. Goodson (93) walks out of the tunnel before game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

He played in 15 games last season, starting in 13 while posting his best career numbers. He even had a two-interception performance. But B.J. Goodson's time with the Giants could be up very soon. 

That's just the feeling one gets when looking at the Giants' linebackers situation heading into Week 3 of the preseason against the Bengals Thursday night. Goodson hasn't been working with the first team next to Alec Ogletree, as many may have expected to start training camp. 

Instead, it has been Tae Davis who has taken over that role with the Giants. He was a longshot out of Tennessee-Cattanooga to make the 53-man roster in 2018, but he accomplished that feat. Now the Giants' coaching staff seems to be very high on him, and him sitting out along with Ogletree in Week 2 against the Bears this past Friday proves that. 

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Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns QB (Ken Blaze)

A day after quotes came out in GQ where Baker Mayfield took a shot at Giants rookie Daniel Jones (with Mayfield later attempting to walk back those comments), the Browns QB expanded on those comments while also saying he reached out to Jones to clear the air.  

During the GQ interview, Mayfield was quoted saying "I cannot believe the Giants took Daniel Jones. Blows my mind." Mayfield also said "Some people overthink it. That's where people go wrong. They forget you've gotta win."

It was unclear whether the second quote alluded to Jones.

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Sep 1, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; XFL chief executive officer Oliver Luck stands in a tunnel and watches the game during the first quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports (Ben Queen)
Sep 1, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; XFL chief executive officer Oliver Luck stands in a tunnel and watches the game during the first quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports (Ben Queen)

The XFL has announced the eight new team names and logos for its inaugural season. 

It will be the New York Guardians that will represent the tri-state area with what looks to be a charcoal grey and red as their team colors. Here are the rest of the teams...

CLICK BELOW TO SEE THE TEAMS 

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Aug 17, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) walks to the tunnel before the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports (Trevor Ruszkowski)
Aug 17, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) walks to the tunnel before the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports (Trevor Ruszkowski)

Odell Beckham Jr. had more criticism for his former team when he let loose in an interview published Tuesday by Sports Illustrated.

The in-depth piece by Ben Baskin shared more of Beckham's frustrations with the trade that sent him from the Giants to the Browns.

Beckham told SI that New York had better trade offers but shipped the star wide receiver "to die" in Cleveland.

Tags: Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns, Daniel Jones, Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Wayne Gallman, Zak DeOssie
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Giants QB Daniel Jones reacts to critical comments by Browns QB Baker Mayfield, saying "everyone has a different way of doing things."

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Welcome to your new world, Daniel Jones. Get used to it.

Baker Mayfield may have been wildly out of line when he ripped the Giants for making Jones the sixth overall pick in the draft, but the truth is he's just the latest in a very long line of Daniel Jones critics. Giants fans seemed horrified by the pick. Many in the media crushed it.

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Aug 17, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) on the sideline in the first quarter of the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports (Trevor Ruszkowski)
Aug 17, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) on the sideline in the first quarter of the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports (Trevor Ruszkowski)

The Baker Mayfield-Daniel Jones comments saga continued on Tuesday with Mayfield walking back his statement that it "blows my mind" the Giants drafted Jones sixth overall back in April. 

"I cannot believe the Giants took Daniel Jones," Mayfield said in a lengthy interview with GQ's Clay Skipper.

Now, with media outlets aggreagating the story everywhere, Mayfield decided to comment under Barstool Sports post to defend himself. Here's the full quote...

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Daniel Jones on Baker's comments 00:00:56
Giants QB Daniel Jones reacts to critical comments by Browns QB Baker Mayfield, saying "everyone has a different way of doing things."

Daniel Jones was diplomatic on Tuesday when asked to respond to the swipe taken at him by Browns QB Baker Mayfield.

"I try not to listen to much that's said," Jones explained. "I think I've done a pretty good job of that. ...I'm focused on what I'm doing here.'

On the method Mayfield took while bashing him, Jones said "I'm not sure I'd do it that way."

Jones added that he doesn't view the swipe as "a main motivator" for him to prove people wrong, that he doesn't know Mayfield, and that the comments from him came "a little bit" out of left field. 

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Jun 4, 2019; Berea, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) runs a drill during minicamp at the Cleveland Browns training facility. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
		
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Jun 4, 2019; Berea, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) runs a drill during minicamp at the Cleveland Browns training facility. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

If you thought Odell Beckham Jr. was done going off about the Giants, you were wrong.

The same day comments emerged from Beckham's teammate Baker Mayfield where he took a shot at Giants QB Daniel Jones, Beckham was quoted in a wide-ranging piece on the Browns for Sports Illustrated where he claimed the Giants had better trade offers but sent him to the Browns "to die."

"This wasn't no business move," Beckham said. "This was personal. They thought they'd send me here to die."

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Dec 23, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) signals to his running backs against the Cincinnati Bengals during the first quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports (Scott Galvin)
Dec 23, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) signals to his running backs against the Cincinnati Bengals during the first quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports (Scott Galvin)

Despite never playing the Giants during the regular season and not even occupying the same conference (let alone division), Browns QB Baker Mayfield seemingly has Big Blue on the brain. And his latest shot came at the expense of Daniel Jones.

During an interview with GQ's Clay Skipper, Mayfield's eyes were drawn to a SportsCenter segment about the Giants. And he unloaded. 

"I cannot believe the Giants took Daniel Jones," Mayfield said. "Blows my mind."

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Pat Shurmur spoke about the importance of seeing backups play in the third preseason game where starters usually get the majority of time.

The third preseason game for NFL teams has traditionally been the one in which teams will give the majority of snaps to their starters. But for Giants head coach Pat Shurmur, he may be choosing to take a different approach.

"Generally speaking I see us playing the game a lot like the first two, Shurmur said. "I still think we've got some guys that are in the second and third group that we've got to see play."

After their game against Cincinnati, Big Blue will wrap up their preseason schedule with a game against the Patriots on Aug. 29.  

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Nov 18, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants outside linebacker Alec Ogletree (52) celebrates after his interception with defensive end Josh Mauro (97) during the second half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Nov 18, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants outside linebacker Alec Ogletree (52) celebrates after his interception with defensive end Josh Mauro (97) during the second half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Following the departures of some key defensive players, Giants linebacker Alec Ogletree is expected to be a presence both on and off the field this season. It's one thing to go out and play well, but being a leader in the locker room requires the ability to mentor the younger players on the roster. 

There's no shortage of those in Giants camp this season. After taking Daniel Jones sixth overall, Big Blue spent the next five picks on players on the defensive side of the ball, including DT Dexter Lawrence

Ogletree's had a keen eye on the rookies, and likes what he's seen through the first two games of the preseason.

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Aug 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur coaching against the New York Jets during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports  (Dennis Schneidler)
Aug 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur coaching against the New York Jets during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Chicago Bears didn't play a single starter against the Giants on Friday night and Mitch Trubisky and Khalil Mack probably won't play this preseason at all. It's the same in L.A., with Jared Goff and Todd Gurley. Saquon Barkley probably won't play this summer either, and Le'Veon Bell has already been ruled out.

A decade ago - less, even - such a mass sit-out would have been unthinkable in the preseason. Players played in increasing amounts in at least the first three games. Coaches felt they had to, in order to get ready for the regular season.

So what happened?

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Jul 25, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants tight end Evan Engram (88) participates in drills in front of tight end Scott Simonson (82) and tight end Garrett Dickerson (89) during the first day of training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Jul 25, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants tight end Evan Engram (88) participates in drills in front of tight end Scott Simonson (82) and tight end Garrett Dickerson (89) during the first day of training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

When Evan Engram was drafted by the Giants two years ago, he was viewed as an enigma at the tight end position. It was unheard of to see a tight end post a 4.42 40-yard dash and a 36-inch vertical. In the receiving game, he was already being viewed as a linebacker's nightmare to cover. 

But there's more to being a tight end then being a big body up the middle for your quarterback to throw to. 

Engram has been working on being a better blocker since joining the Giants, and he believes he's going to bring a much improved game in that aspect this season.

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

In addition to missing the first four games of the regular season due to a suspension for taking a banned substance he said was for fertility, Giants WR Golden Tate is now in concussion protocol.

Tate was targeted twice and reeled in one catch during Friday night's game against the Bears, with head coach Pat Shurmur saying on Sunday that Tate suffered the injury at some point during the game. 

The Giants' fifth game of the regular season -- the one Tate is eligible to return for -- is Oct. 6 against the Vikings.

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Giants talking practice 00:01:26
Giants Head Coach Pat Shurmur and WR Sterling Shepard on today's practice, Shepard returning to action and Daniel Jones' development

Shortly after he fractured his left thumb July 25, Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard was steadfast in his belief that he would return for the Sept. 8 opener against the Dallas Cowboys.

More than three weeks later, Shepard's outlook remains optimistic.

Seen without his non-contact yellow jersey Sunday afternoon at Giants practice -- the first time since the injury -- Shepard showed further signs of progression as he works back for the 2019 season.

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Nov 4, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Laquon Treadwell (11) runs after the catch in the second quarter against Detroit Lions at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Rempel)
Nov 4, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Laquon Treadwell (11) runs after the catch in the second quarter against Detroit Lions at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Rempel)

With the Giants' receivers depleted entering the season, many have wondered if GM Dave Gettleman would find a way to bolster the group before the start of the season. So far, that hasn't been the case, but there are options out there. 

One of them is Vikings WR Laquon Treadwell, who SI's Albert Breer reported as on the market. Treadwell, a former first-round pick back in 2016, hasn't really panned out in Minnesota. However, he does have a Giants connection in Pat Shurmur, which is why NJ.com's Matt Lombardo brought up the idea that Gettleman may want to call the Vikings on the Ole Miss product. 

Treadwell shouldn't cost too much for the Giants, which is a pro in this case. Being that he hasn't lived up to his first-round choice, the Giants could probably get him for a late-round draft pick. Also, maybe a change of scenery is what Treadwell needs with the Giants, as he's currently stuck behind elite receivers in Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen.

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Aug 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) warms up before the preseason game between The New York Giants and The New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)
Aug 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) warms up before the preseason game between The New York Giants and The New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)

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Daniel Jones was impressive again, for the second time in two preseason games, so of course Pat Shurmur got the question again: With the way Jones is playing, is there any way he could compete to take Eli Manning's job by Opening Day?

Then came Shurmur's familiar dance, where he says "No" without actually saying "No," and closes the door while making it look like it's still open. This time he even made it seem like it wasn't his decision, as he deferred to John Mara. He even added, for good measure "I just get a sense once in a while that when I answer those questions nobody believes me."

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Aug 16, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) throws the ball during the first half against the Chicago Bears at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Aug 16, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) throws the ball during the first half against the Chicago Bears at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - When the Giants scouted Daniel Jones they were convinced he had a little Eli Manning in him. They saw that same calm, even-keeled personality that Manning has - the ability to appear unflappable when things start to go wrong.

On Friday, Jones showed them they were right.

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Jones on his second game 00:01:20
New York Giants rookie quarterback Daniel Jones discusses his miscues and how he'll learn from them after playing the Chicago Bears.

Both Giants quarterbacks had strong first-half performances on Friday night against the Bears.

Eli Manning got things started, systematically moving the first-team offense down the field on a touchdown drive. Manning was 4-4 for 42 yards on the drive, capping it with an eight-yard touchdown pass to Bennie Fowler to put the Giants up 7-0.

That would be Manning's only drive of the night.

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May 3, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence (97) during rookie minicamp at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 3, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence (97) during rookie minicamp at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Rookie Dexter Lawrence came to the Giants with a nearly unblemished football record.

The defensive lineman has no notions of changing his status with the Giants.

Big Blue is viewed more in the short term as a rebuilding franchise, but Lawrence set the bar high for his career with the team. He wants a plethora of titles. 

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Aug 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver TJ Jones (2) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the New York Jets during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Aug 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver TJ Jones (2) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the New York Jets during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Checking the box score after the Giants' first preseason bout against the Jets last Thursday, it wasn't Cody Latimer, Bennie Fowler, or Russell Shepard that led the receivers columns. 

It was TJ Jones. 

The five-year veteran, who spent all his NFL seasons with the Lions after being drafted in the sixth round back in 2014, finished the night with six receptions for 72 yards and a touchdown. His score came on a back-shoulder pass from Alex Tanney that Jones tracked down perfectly and fell into the end zone to tally six points on the board. 

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Jul 25, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur looks on during the first day of training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Jul 25, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur looks on during the first day of training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

The news surrounding Giants camp this week is WR Golden Tate having to serve his full four-game suspension for violating the league's PED policy. 

Tate was confident that the details in his case would have the suspension exonerated, but that wasn't the case given the league's no tolerance mindset when it comes to PEDs. The veteran wideout explained that he let the NFL know immediately when he found out there was a banned substance in the prescription, yet that wasn't enough to change his verdict. 

"I just thought, after we looked at the facts in the situation, that the NFL would be understanding," Tate said. "But because it's a no-tolerance policy, they, I guess, upheld the suspension."

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Sep 16, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; Oakland Raiders punter Johnny Townsend (5) punts the ball in the first quarter against the Denver Broncos at Broncos Stadium at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Sep 16, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; Oakland Raiders punter Johnny Townsend (5) punts the ball in the first quarter against the Denver Broncos at Broncos Stadium at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

Two nights before the Giants' second preseason game against the Chicago Bears, the team has made a change at punter.

The Giants claimed Johnny Townsend off waivers from the Raiders.

To make room for Townsend, the team waived rookie punter Ryan Anderson, an undrafted rookie out of Rutgers. 

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Jul 25, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) talks with the media before the first day of training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Jul 25, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) talks with the media before the first day of training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Giants co-owner John Mara got straight to the point Tuesday after practice when asked about the quarterback situation between veteran Eli Manning and rookie Daniel Jones, saying he hopes "Eli has a great year and Daniel never sees the field."

His sentiments trickled into Wednesday's post-practice availability, where Jones faced the inevitable question.

What did he think about Mara's comments?

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Golden Tate reacts to NFL ruling 00:01:35
Golden Tate reacts to the NFL upholding its 4-game suspension of the WR. Tate explains his trust in his doctor that led to taking the drug.

One day after Golden Tate received his appeal fate from the NFL, which upheld the Giants wide receiver's four-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs, he opened up on the decision following Wednesday's practice.

Among his comments, Tate said he is considering taking legal action against the doctor who prescribed him the drug.

"We are definitely looking into it, we are kind of examining all of our options," Tate said.

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

The Giants won't be able to see veteran WR Golden Tate until Week 5 of the regular season after his suspension appeal for his violation of the NFL's PED policy failed. 

But there are more implications to Tate's verdict other than him simply sitting out the first four weeks. 

It was reported yesterday that Tate will be losing $464,706 of his $1.975 million base salary for missing time. However, former agent and CBS Sports' Joel Corry says he'll also be missing out on $558,235 of his signing bonus and $176,471 of his roster bonus. 

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Jul 25, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate (15) throws a ball to fans after the first day of training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Jul 25, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate (15) throws a ball to fans after the first day of training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Golden Tate will officially be serving his four-game suspension for violating the NFL's PED policy, as he has lost his appeal.

Back in April, Tate failed a drug test, which came about a month after he signed his four-year, $37.5 million deal with the Giants. The reason for failing the test came from a fertility drug that he said "contained an ingredient that is on the league's banned substance list," and noted not knowing about that when he was prescribed it by a fertility planning specialist. 

Tate said that he "immediately discontinued" the use of the drug, and reported his actions to the league's independent administrator. In fact, he did that before failing the drug test in the first place. 

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Giants CEO hopes Eli hangs on 00:01:00
New York Giants President and CEO John Mara was asked about his QBS and said, "I hope Eli has a great year and Daniel never sees the field."

After Daniel Jones impressed many with his perfect touchdown drive in his first NFL series last Thursday, the hype surrounding the No. 6 overall pick reached an all-time high. The critics and naysayers took a backseat to those jumping on the bandwagon of Jones being Eli Manning's successor.

Now fans really want to see what Jones can do in a real game after seeing a glimpse of what he can do. But, for Giants co-owner John Mara, that day hopefully won't come this season. 

He wants to see Eli Manning on the field at all times. And Jones on the bench.

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Saquon understands Giants' plan 00:00:48
It's always a delicate balance between playing or not in the preseason for star players. Shurmur and Saquon discuss the running back's plan.

Giants running back Saquon Barkley did not appear in the team's preseason opener last week, a 31-22 victory over the Jets. 

As far as the rest of the preseason goes, head coach Pat Shurmur is playing his cards close to the vest.

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Aug 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) warms up before the preseason game between The New York Giants and The New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)
Aug 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) warms up before the preseason game between The New York Giants and The New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)

Following the first week of the exhibition season in the NFL, the optimism surrounding both of New York's football teams is through the roof. 

The Jets' Sam Darnold led a single drive that was near perfect, as the second-year pro was 4-for-5 passing with a touchdown. The Giants' once looked down upon rookie QB in Daniel Jones was one pass better, as he was 5-for-5 passing with a touchdown.

So... Giants vs. Jets Super Bowl?

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Jul 25, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants free safety Jabrill Peppers (21) during the first day of training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Jul 25, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants free safety Jabrill Peppers (21) during the first day of training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Giants safety Jabrill Peppers is one of three Giants players that played on an NFL team that will live in infamy.

Peppers was the Browns' first-round pick at the 2017 NFL draft. His first win as a professional football player wouldn't come in his rookie year as the Browns became only the second team in league history to go 0-16 that year.

But Peppers, who was traded to the Giants this offseason in a deal that sent wideout Odell Beckham Jr. the other way, recently revealed that he has fond learning experiences from that brutal season. He's happy it happened and takes positives from it.

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Aug 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo (6) after scoring a touchdown against the New England Patriots during first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Aug 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo (6) after scoring a touchdown against the New England Patriots during first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Giants' wide receiver corps just can't catch a break.

Midway through practice, WR Amba Etta-Tawo fell awkwardly on a catch and he looked to have a leg injury as he got carted off the field. Well, the Giants announced Monday that Etta-Tawo actually tore his Achilles on the play, and is now out for the rest of the season. 

Etta-Tawo was signed to the Giants yet again this offseason due to the injuries to the group. He was with the Giants back in 2017 when he was signed to their practice squad. He landed on the Texans as well as the Birmingham Iron in the AAF last season as well. 

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Aug 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) warms up before the preseason game between The New York Giants and The New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)
Aug 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) warms up before the preseason game between The New York Giants and The New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)

Eli Manning still has the support of Phil Simms

Regardless of what Giants brass and head coach Pat Shurmur says about there not being a quarterback competition between Manning and rookie Daniel Jones this summer, it'll still be a topic of discussion leading up to the regular season. 

Observers of the G-men are picking their sides between the two QBs and among those doing so is one of the team's former quarterbacks in Simms.

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Jul 25, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants free safety Jabrill Peppers (21) reacts during the first day of training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Jul 25, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants free safety Jabrill Peppers (21) reacts during the first day of training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

When the Giants traded star receiver Odell Beckham to the Cleveland Browns on March 12, the haul brought versatile safety Jabrill Peppers back home.

Peppers, who rose up the football ranks in New Jersey via Paramus Catholic High School before heading to Michigan for three years and embarking on his NFL career in 2017, debuted Sunday with the Giants in a 31-22 win over the Jets.

The first look for Peppers in the starting defense yielded mixed results with Jets quarterback Sam Darnold going 4-of-5 passing for 68 yards and a touchdown, but the third-year defensive back keeps his head up as he and the Giants move further into the preseason.

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Jul 25, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants defensive back Corey Ballentine (25) participates in drills during the first day of training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Jul 25, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants defensive back Corey Ballentine (25) participates in drills during the first day of training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

As the Giants returned to the practice field on Sunday, it was without first-rounder Deandre Baker

Head coach Pat Shurmur noted after the session that Baker had actually gone for an MRI on his knee after feeling something during warm-ups.

"In his individual warm-up type stuff, (he felt) something with his knee," Shurmur told NJ.com's Matt Dunleavy. "We are just checking it out with a MRI. No information on that right now. He's getting it checked out."

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Daniel Jones makes statement 00:01:04
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano makes it clear that the impressive debut of Daniel Jones could start a QB controversy for the Giants.

Daniel Jones may have dazzled in his Giants preseason debut, but head coach Pat Shurmur is not ready to give any credence to an open quarterback competition. 

"We're not going to play the what-ifs," Shurmur said Friday on a conference call. I would say this: Nothing has changed. This is the first game and I expect Daniel to play well, go out and improve and for the people that don't know him, impress them. 

"We expect that from him, we expect that from Eli [Manning], we expect that from everybody. Expectations have not changed."

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Daniel Jones makes statement 00:01:04
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano makes it clear that the impressive debut of Daniel Jones could start a QB controversy for the Giants.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - New York has fallen out of love with Eli Manning over the last few years, through all the losing and the pounding he's taken from his critics. The only thing that's saved him from a full-blown Quarterback Controversy is the lack of a viable alternative on the Giants' roster.

But that's all changed now.

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Aug 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets defensive back Parry Nickerson (43) attempts to tackle New York Giants defensive back Corey Ballentine (25) on a kickoff during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports  (Dennis Schneidler)
Aug 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets defensive back Parry Nickerson (43) attempts to tackle New York Giants defensive back Corey Ballentine (25) on a kickoff during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)

The past few months have not been easy for Giants rookie cornerback Corey Ballentine

The sixth-round pick out of Division II Washburn was shot the night he was drafted, taking a bullet to his glute, while his best friend was killed in the incident. The shooting forced Ballentine to miss rookie minicamp while simultaneously coping with the loss of his friend. 

Despite the unfortunate circumstances and late start, Ballentine has impressed throughout training camp and that continued Thursday night against the Jets in the preseason opener. 

 

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Aug 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) celebrates after throwing a touchdowns pass with defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence (97) and offensive guard Will Hernandez (71) during the first half against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Aug 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) celebrates after throwing a touchdowns pass with defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence (97) and offensive guard Will Hernandez (71) during the first half against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Daniel Jones entered his first NFL game on Thursday night to a smattering of cheers - a welcomed change from the reception he's gotten since the Giants announced him as the sixth overall pick in the NFL Draft.

And after the way he played in his debut, he might not have to worry about being booed anymore.

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Evaluating Jones' performance 00:00:45
Daniel Jones had a good showing in his first preseason game. Pat Shurmur was content with the rookie QB.

The spotlight was set on Daniel Jones as he stepped on the MetLife Stadium turf for the first time in his Giants uniform. Everyone wanted to see how the No. 6 overall pick, one that was criticized by the lots, would react to the big stage in his inaugural snaps in the NFL.

He was perfect -- literally. 

Thanks to a weather delay, Jones only lasted one drive for the Giants, but he didn't disappoint. He was a perfect 5-for-5 for 67 yards, and it was capped off by an absolute strike to Bennie Fowler in the right side of the end zone for his first career touchdown. 

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Aug 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) warms up before the preseason game between The New York Giants and The New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)
Aug 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) warms up before the preseason game between The New York Giants and The New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)

With all eyes on Daniel Jones, the Giants' rookie quarterback shined during his first preseason drive as a member of Big Blue.

Jones' night began on the Giants' second offensive possession. After Eli Manning led an uninspiring three-and-out drive, Jones took the field with the rest of the first-team offense, or least the way the first-team offense was comprised on Thursday.

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May 29, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterbacks Alex Tanney (3) and Kyle Lauletta (17) throw the ball back and forth during Organized Team Activities. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/Northjersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)
May 29, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterbacks Alex Tanney (3) and Kyle Lauletta (17) throw the ball back and forth during Organized Team Activities. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/Northjersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)

Everyone's talking about the New York Giants' quarterback controversy. Featuring a trusty veteran and an upstart draft pick, preseason reps may be the best way to figure out who makes the team, and who is let go.

Oh, you thought we were talking about Eli Manning and Daniel Jones? Nope.

The real quarterback competition on the Giants is the one that nobody is talking about -- Alex Tanney vs. Kyle Lauletta. The two quarterbacks are dueling for one spot on the roster as the third-string QB, but that doesn't mean the battle doesn't have high stakes.

Losing either quarterback would involve reneging on a team investment. Of course, most fans know that Lauletta was a fourth-round draft pick just last year, and at one point, the heir apparent to Manning. He even saw a small sample of game action last year, a rarity for a rookie QB on the Giants.

Tags: Alex Tanney, Daniel Jones, Eli Manning, Kyle Lauletta
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How will Jones perform vs. Jets? 00:00:44
New York Giants QB Daniel Jones will make his debut against the Jets in their 1st preseason game. The Thread hopes he comes out slinging.

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Some may call it arrogance, but Dave Gettleman definitely has had a quiet confidence about the Giants team he's built for this season. His critics say he did more to tear things down. He believes he's built the foundation back up.

There's a long way to go before anyone knows who's right, but the Giants will take the first steps over the next four weeks in the preseason, which opens for them against the Jets on Thursday night. Here's a look at what Gettleman and everyone else will be watching for, as they search for signs of just how good (or not) this Giants team can be:

1. How ready is QB Daniel Jones?

The plan is for the Giants to ride Eli Manning this season, far enough that Jones never has to see the field. But plans can change, and quarterback controversies have a funny way of just happening. Whether one does, depends a lot on the ability of Jones.

Tags: Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Odell Beckham Jr., Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Ralph Vacchiano
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Oct 14, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Arizona Cardinals defensive end Markus Golden (44) celebrates during the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports (Brace Hemmelgarn)
Oct 14, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Arizona Cardinals defensive end Markus Golden (44) celebrates during the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports (Brace Hemmelgarn)

When James Bettcher looks at the pass rushers on the Giants defense, he sees something that few others do. He sees potential. And he insists "We will never be limited by expectations of others."

That's good. Because those expectations are dangerously low.

The Giants had the second-worst pass rush in the NFL last season, with a paltry 30 sacks. Then they traded away Olivier Vernon, who had a quarter of that total (seven) and didn't bring in a proven replacement.

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

During Tuesday's episode of First Take on ESPN, former Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark expressed his thoughts on Tom Brady's contract history.

"Tom Brady should have been the top-paid quarterback in this league for over a decade," Clark said. "Tom Brady should have made more money throughout his career than any other quarterback that's playing this game... But the fact that Eli Manning has made so much more money than Tom Brady, it legitimately makes me sick."

The 42-year-old Brady recently signed a two-year extension with the New England Patriots worth $70 million through the 2021 season. He will become the NFL's sixth-highest-paid quarterback this season at $23 million.

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Sterling Shepard
Sterling Shepard

Sterling Shepard's yellow non-contact jersey in practice has not necessarily stopped the wide receiver from taking a few hits, but he's ready to get rid of it any way. 

The 26-year-old, who broke the tip of his thumb the first day of training camp, said on Tuesday that he is hoping to be a full participant in practice soon. 

"I'm getting to the edge of that. It's time to take it off," Shepard said of his yellow pinnie. "It's for precautionary reasons, and I'm going with what the trainers want. The ultimate goal is to get to that first (regular-season) game, for sure."

Tags: Eli Manning, Sterling Shepard
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Giants ready for preseason game 00:01:02
Daniel Jones and Dexter Lawrence are excited for this first preseason game against the Jets. Fans will see plenty of Jones Thursday.

The Giants' preseason opener against the Jets on Thursday could feature a healthy dose of Daniel Jones. 

The No. 6 overall pick from Duke will play in the game, according to head coach Pat Shurmur, and could even start as Shurmur said his quarterback plan and decision to play Eli Manning will "reveal itself."

Regardless of whether or not Manning plays, all eyes will be on Jones as it will be the first real look fans will see of Manning's eventual successor. 

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May 3, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman during rookie minicamp at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 3, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman during rookie minicamp at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Dave Gettleman is well aware of how many fans and players feel about him. The Giants GM has made a string of curious decisions since taking over the job at the end of the 2017 season that has opened him up as a punching bag for fans and media alike. 

"People make fun of me," Gettleman told Jonathan Jones of Sports Illustrated. "If it makes them happy, let them have it. I don't care. I just know I'm blessed. I've got the Lord and my family and I've got football."

Gettleman explained some of those decisions, or at least the philosophy behind his decision-making, in a lengthy SI profile of the Giants GM. Here are some of the topics he addressed:

 

Tags: Eli Manning, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Saquon Barkley
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Sep 9, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur coaches against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 9, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur coaches against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Things have cooled down for the Giants since they opened training camp with a string of injuries and a potential suspension, but head coach Pat Shurmur still had plenty to address during his press conference at Monday's practice. 

Here are the key takeaways:

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