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]

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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]

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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]

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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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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 10, 2018; Durham, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils quarterback Daniel Jones passes the football in the second half against the North Carolina Tar Heels at Wallace Wade Stadium. The Duke Blue Devils won 42-35. Mandatory Credit: Nell Redmond-USA TODAY Sports (Nell Redmond)
Nov 10, 2018; Durham, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils quarterback Daniel Jones passes the football in the second half against the North Carolina Tar Heels at Wallace Wade Stadium. The Duke Blue Devils won 42-35. Mandatory Credit: Nell Redmond-USA TODAY Sports (Nell Redmond)

The Giants have been rumored to be heavily interested in drafting Duke QB Daniel Jones. And according to Charles Robinson of Yahoo, one team has Jones as the No. 1 quarterback on their Draft board.

Is it the Giants?

Robinson certainly seems like he's implying it's them, ending his tweet about Jones by saying "And y'all know exactly who that team is."

The Giants have been the team most closely linked to Jones, who could possibly be available when they make their second pick at No. 17 in six days. New York also has the No. 6 pick, and it would be shocking if Jones isn't there at that point. 

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Nov 25, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Golden Tate (19) walks the sideline after the anthem before a game against the New York Giants at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Nov 25, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Golden Tate (19) walks the sideline after the anthem before a game against the New York Giants at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

Welcome to New Jersey, Golden Tate. 

The Giants' newest receiver, signed in March, is becoming acclimated to his new home as the team's voluntary offseason program began this week at their facilities in East Rutherford. 

But Tate is learning more than just a new playbook -- he is also learning about the quirks of living in New Jersey. 

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Giants look ahead to 2019 00:02:27
Giants players discuss their optimism for the upcoming season while their newest additions look to fit in

The debate about the Giants' No. 2 pick from last year's NFL Draft rages on even a year later, with some still believing that Dave Gettleman and Co. should've taken a quarterback, perhaps the Jets' Sam Darnold, instead of running back Saquon Barkley.

Barkley is aware that such talk still exists and had this to say about it on Thursday.

"Yes. I understand that. I don't care for their opinions or anything, I can't change those opinions. Not being cocky or anything, but if a Rookie of the Year doesn't sway that mindset, then I don't know what will," Barkley said.

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Mar 2, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Duke quarterback Daniel Jones (QB07) throws a pass during the 2019 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)
Mar 2, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Duke quarterback Daniel Jones (QB07) throws a pass during the 2019 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)

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Many experts believe the Giants will go with a defensive playmaker with their No. 6 pick, but the No. 17 pick is up in the air. Does GM Dave Gettleman go quarterback? What about another defensive playermaker? Even an offensive tackle can't be ruled out. 

For the quarterback argument, the Giants know they need a successor for Eli Manning heading into this season, and the NFL Draft has some top prospects that could be that man. One of them that has been connected to the Giants is Duke QB Daniel Jones. The 6-foot-5 gunslinger impressed during his Senior Bowl drills, and some believe the Giants could nab him with their second first-rounder. 

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - By the time the draft begins at 8 p.m. next Thursday, Dave Gettleman and his staff will have spent months building the Giants' big board. They will have a pretty good idea by then of what they're going to do - particularly with their two first-round picks.

Then the Arizona Cardinals will make the first overall pick, and everything could change.

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It's officially one week until the 2019 NFL Draft kicks off in Nashville, and the Cardinals will be on the clock with the first overall pick. With that top selection, many believe Arizona is going to take dual threat QB Kyler Murray out of Oklahoma to lead Kliff Kingsbury's offense in his first year as head coach. 

And those speculations about Murray taking over have not gone over the head of the Cardinals' current starter in Josh Rosen -- the 2018 first-round pick the Cardinals traded up to get at No. 10. 

Rosen has been going about his offseason like normal, but he is no stranger to the rumors involving him potentially being traded away. He admitted he has been keeping tabs on what's been reported during a segment with Sports Illustrated

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New York Giants GM Dave Gettleman explains his draft strategy during his most recent press conference and how he will handle drafting a QB.

Giants GM Dave Gettleman spoke with the media for roughly a half hour during his pre-Draft press conference on Thursday afternoon. The majority of the questions were -- shocker -- about the plans at quarterback. Here are the takeaways...

On the quality of this year's QB class

"It's good. It's a good quarterback class," Gettleman said when asked, but he laughed off an attempt to get him to answer whether it was better than the 2018 QB class: "Better than last year? I'm not going there! Come on now!"

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Nov 24, 2018; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) throws a pass against the Michigan Wolverines at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports (Greg Bartram)
Nov 24, 2018; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) throws a pass against the Michigan Wolverines at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports (Greg Bartram)

Dwayne Haskins' stock soared after his pro day, but has fallen in recent weeks -- either because interested teams are trying to spread disinformation so he falls to them or due to concrete concerns about his ability to excel in the NFL.

And if Haskins winds up with the Giants -- who have the No. 6 and No. 17 picks in the Draft next Thursday -- he's happy to sit and learn from Eli Manning.

"Eli Manning is a legend," Haskins said on Ian Rapoport's RapSheet and Friends podcast. "I grew up watching Eli and I'd have no problem sitting behind him and learning from him, like how I did with J.T. [Barrett] at Ohio State. Whatever team drafts me, I'll be able to sit back and learn from the guy that's there and be able to compete with him and push him, but know that a guy's there because he's a veteran, he's done it before, he's professional."

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Jan 26, 2019; Mobile, AL, United States; South defensive end Montez Sweat of Mississippi State (9) in the second quarter of the Senior Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports (Chuck Cook)
Jan 26, 2019; Mobile, AL, United States; South defensive end Montez Sweat of Mississippi State (9) in the second quarter of the Senior Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports (Chuck Cook)

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When the Giants find themselves officially on the clock at No. 6 in the 2019 NFL Draft, many experts believe GM Dave Gettleman is going to get one of the top edge rushers still on the board. This is a heavy draft class for defensive playmakers that include Nick Bosa and Josh Allen.

But those two are likely not going to be there for the Giants at No. 6. So who could the Giants select here? How about Mississippi State DE Montez Sweat?

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New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley celebrates his touchdown with quarterback Eli Manning during the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley celebrates his touchdown with quarterback Eli Manning during the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

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A week-by-week look at the Giants' 2019 schedule, and some way-too-early predictions that are sure to change a lot:

Week 1 (Sept. 8) - @ Cowboys, 4:25 p.m.

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One of the biggest mysteries in this year's NFL Draft is whether the Giants will take a quarterback, and if they do, which of their first-round picks will they use? It's not even clear which quarterbacks will be available to them at No. 6, or if any of the top ones will be left at No. 17.

For weeks, it has seemed they will go with a defensive player at 6. Lately, some smart NFL people have changed their minds on that. Eli Manning thinks there's a chance the Giants will use one of those early picks on his likely successor. And adding to the intrigue, the quarterback most often pegged to go to the Giants at 6 - Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins - is now a player some think will be available at 17.

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Dec 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Giants' 2019 regular-season schedule is set, as a leak was confirmed by SNY's Ralph Vacchiano on Wednesday. Big Blue wants to bounce back from their 5-11 record of last season, but it will be no easy task with the opponents they are set to play. 

Here's what matchups to look forward to this season...

Familiar Opener

Tags: Odell Beckham Jr., Sam Darnold, Saquon Barkley, Scott Thompson
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New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley scores a touchdown against the Washington Redskins in the second quarter at FedEx Field. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley scores a touchdown against the Washington Redskins in the second quarter at FedEx Field. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)

The Giants' full 2019 schedule has been leaked, including the fact that they'll once again open the season against the Cowboys in Dallas --  because why the hell not?

The schedue, confirmed by SNY's Ralph Vacchiano, features a home opener against the Bills, a Week 10 matchup against the Jets, and three prime time games:

Week 1 (Sept. 8) - @ Cowboys, 4:25 p.m.

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

Giants running back Saquon Barkley is setting the bar as high as possible.

In an interview with Bleacher Report's Taylor Rooks, Barkley was informed that his rookie-year teammate Jonathan Stewart said Barkley can be the best running back of all-time. 

Asked if he was right, Barkley said, "Yes. I believe so. I believe that I can be the best running back to ever play the game."

Tags: Baker Mayfield, Eli Manning, Saquon Barkley
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Sep 8, 2018; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines defensive lineman Rashan Gary (3) rushes in the first half against the Western Michigan Broncos at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports (Rick Osentoski)
Sep 8, 2018; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines defensive lineman Rashan Gary (3) rushes in the first half against the Western Michigan Broncos at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports (Rick Osentoski)

The Giants have a litte more than a week until their No. 6 and No. 17 overall picks are to be spent at the 2019 NFL Draft. There's been much speculation about what GM Dave Gettleman will do with these selections, and though a quarterback is definitely among the conversation, an edge rusher is also at the top of the team's needs. 

Luckily, this draft is stacked with edge rushers with Pro Bowl potential, and the Giants will have prime position to grab one when their name is called. 

Michigan's Rashan Gary is one of those prospects at the top of the heap, and the New Jersey product could see some home cooking to kick off his NFL career. Let's take a look at Gary, and break down whether or not he is worthy of a Giants first-rounder...

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Jan 5, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) in action during an NFC Wild Card playoff football game between the Cowboys and the Seahawks at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)
Jan 5, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) in action during an NFC Wild Card playoff football game between the Cowboys and the Seahawks at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)

All of that Russell Wilson to the Giants chatter? It's over.

Wilson has agreed to a record-breaking extension with the Seahawks, according to ESPN, with the 30-year-old agreeing to a four-year deal that includes a whopping $65 million signing bonus and is worth $140 million.

The deal, which locks up Wilson through the 2023 season, inclues a no-trade clause. Wilson announced it himself on Twitter, saying "Hey Seattle, we got a deal."

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning shares he saw Odell trade on TV as well as how he would handle the Giants taking a 1st round QB

While they are putting their faith in 38-year-old Eli Manning being their starting QB in 2019 in a season where they hope to contend, the Giants didn't decide to keep him until recently.

"I had some talks with Mr. Gettleman and coach Shurmur within the last month or so," Manning said Monday during a conference call. "They told me that I would come back and be on the team this year. I got word within the last month."

As Manning prepares for his 16th season with the Giants (he said he's fine going year-to-year at this point) and ponders his future (he said he won't have a farewell tour whenever he decides to retire), he thinks the Giants are about to draft his successor.

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November 12, 2018; Santa Clara, CA, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) is congratulated by quarterback Eli Manning (10) for scoring a touchdown against the New York Giants during the third quarter at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)
November 12, 2018; Santa Clara, CA, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) is congratulated by quarterback Eli Manning (10) for scoring a touchdown against the New York Giants during the third quarter at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)

Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr. might not have always seen eye-to-eye before Beckham was traded to the Browns, but that had no impact on Manning's first reaction when he found out about the trade while "watching TV one night."

"I wanted to try to reach out to him," Manning said Monday during a conference call. "That was my first reaction. Odell has been a teammate for five years, has been a good friend. And these circumstances, you kind of think about the person involved."

Manning said he was able to quickly reach Beckham and that the two have "been in touch a little bit."

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

The Giants' voluntary offseason training program began on Monday as Pat Shurmur prepares for his second season as Big Blue's head coach. 

It is a much different team than when Shurmur walked into the building last year. 

There is no Odell Beckham Jr., no Landon Collins, no Olivier Vernon and still plenty of drama surrounding the future of Eli Manning

Tags: Eli Manning, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr.
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A general view of a New York Giants helmet on the turf before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)
A general view of a New York Giants helmet on the turf before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)

Kevin Gilbride is returning as a coach in New York. 

Per Jay Glazer, the former Giants offensive coordinator will be a head coach for New York's XFL team next season. 

Gilbride, 67, retired from coaching in the NFL after the 2013 season.

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Dec 1, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide defensive lineman Quinnen Williams (92) reacts after a sack against the Georgia Bulldogs during the first quarter in the SEC championship game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports (Jason Getz)
Dec 1, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide defensive lineman Quinnen Williams (92) reacts after a sack against the Georgia Bulldogs during the first quarter in the SEC championship game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports (Jason Getz)

Alabama DT Quinnen Williams will visit the Giants and Jets this week, per SNY's Ralph Vacchiano. 

Williams is regarded as one of the top defensive players in the draft, with some scouts going as far as labeling him the best defensive player in the draft. 

Both the Jets and Giants are expected to target defensive players in the draft and while Williams is not necessarily a pass rusher, he is still talented enough to make an immediate impact on any team's defensive front. 

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Mar 1, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins (QB05) speaks to media during the 2019 NFL Combine at the Indiana Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports (Trevor Ruszkowski)
Mar 1, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins (QB05) speaks to media during the 2019 NFL Combine at the Indiana Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports (Trevor Ruszkowski)

The Giants' top-30 draft prospect visits continued on Monday with Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins meeting with Big Blue's brass and visiting their facilities, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. 

The New Jersey native is among the top-5 quarterbacks in the draft, all of which the Giants have hosted or plan to host in the lead up to next week's NFL Draft. 

The Giants have made it clear that they prefer to have a quarterback in place behind Eli Manning in 2019 to learn from the 38-year-old veteran before taking the reins, but which quarterback that may be is anyone's guess. 

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Jan 5, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) in action during an NFC Wild Card playoff football game between the Cowboys and the Seahawks at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)
Jan 5, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) in action during an NFC Wild Card playoff football game between the Cowboys and the Seahawks at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)

There's nothing wrong with dreaming, even if the dream is silly. It's OK to wish upon a star, imagine the unimaginable, or hope against hope.

So go ahead and buy your Russell Wilson Giants jersey, because it's your money to waste. No matter what the rumor mill says, no matter what Tyrann Mathieu Tweets, no matter how many times Jimmy Fallon asks him, Russell Wilson is not going to be the quarterback of the Giants. Not this year. Not next year. Not a few years from now.

And probably not ever.

Tags: Eli Manning, Ralph Vacchiano
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Underneath the white caddy uniform, Joe LaCava was repping the Giants. 

And also helping Tiger Woods win his 15th major -- the golfer's first since 2008 -- at The Master on Sunday. 

As Woods charged down the back nine and LaCava next to him every step of the way, the caddy donned a Saquon Barkley jersey that was visible at various points during the telecast. 

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Jan 5, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) in action during an NFC Wild Card playoff football game between the Cowboys and the Seahawks at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)
Jan 5, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) in action during an NFC Wild Card playoff football game between the Cowboys and the Seahawks at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)

Russell Wilson is one day away from the deadline he set to work out a new contract with the Seahawks. There are rumblings that Seattle is unsure whether Wilson wants to stay, but does it go even further than that?

"Russ wants New York. But you ain't heard that from T.. ," Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu tweeted late Saturday night

Citing a league source, ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio wrote Sunday that the Seahawks think Wilson "would like to play elsewhere, even if he hasn't and wouldn't ever say it. They also believe that this unspoken dynamic will cause Wilson to drive a harder bargain with them than he would with another team."

Tags: Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Danny Abriano
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Winter is here.

With Game of Thrones set to return Sunday for its eighth and final season, New York athletes gave their predictions and talked about theories for how the saga will end.

Click below to see...

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Dec 29, 2018; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Kyler Murray (1) throws a pass against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the 2018 Orange Bowl college football playoff semifinal game at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Dec 29, 2018; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Kyler Murray (1) throws a pass against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the 2018 Orange Bowl college football playoff semifinal game at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

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If the Giants decide to invest a draft pick in their Quarterback of the Future this year, GM Dave Gettleman made it clear he's not looking for a project. Sure, great quarterbacks have been found in almost all rounds of the NFL Draft.

But most of them have come from the first round. And that's where Gettleman plans to look...

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

The Giants may no longer have Odell Beckham Jr., but Sterling Shepard is locked up for the foreseeable future. 

The Giants and Shepard officially agreed to a four-year extension on Friday and the 25-year-old wide receiver is ready to step in as a leader in the wide receiver room. 

"I'm ready," he told the team website. "With Odell going down the last two season [with injuries], that time definitely helped me get a grasp of what being a leader is all about, and being that lead guy in the room. I think it prepared me for this moment. I was pretty vocal anyway. I'm a pretty vocal guy. That will be no problem."

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

In between his offseason workouts in preparation for his sophomore season, Giants RB Saquon Barkley took time out of his day last Sunday to make a special coaching appearance at "The Opening" in New Jersey. 

The football showcase, which took place at the New York Jets Atlantic Health Training Facility in Florham Park, NJ, hosted some of the best high school football players in the region. And Barkley's little brother, Ali Barkley, was among them. 

Barkley was seen hyping some of the players during 1-on-1 drills, and working closely with his brother throughout the day...

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Mar 3, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Kentucky linebacker Josh Allen (LB03) goes through workout drills during the 2019 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)
Mar 3, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Kentucky linebacker Josh Allen (LB03) goes through workout drills during the 2019 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)

The Giants will continue their meetings with top-30 prospects on Friday when they host Kentucky edge rusher Josh Allen at the facility, a source tells SNY's Ralph Vacchiano. 

Allen follows Michigan defensive end Rashan Gary and Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray, both of whom met with the Giants on Thursday. 

The Giants have brought in, or plan to bring in, all top-5 quarterbacks in the draft and most of the top prospects. 

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Mar 13, 2019; Norman, OK, USA; Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray participates in positional workouts during pro day at the Everest Indoor Training Center at the University of Oklahoma. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports  (Jerome Miron)
Mar 13, 2019; Norman, OK, USA; Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray participates in positional workouts during pro day at the Everest Indoor Training Center at the University of Oklahoma. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)

Arguably the top quarterback prospect in the 2019 NFL Draft visited the Giants on Thursday in Kyler Murray

Murray confirmed the visit to East Rutherford, posting a picture to his Instagram story out in front of the facility...

CLICK BELOW TO SEE THE PICTURE

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Oct 28, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) reacts after being sacked by the Washington Redskins during second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 28, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) reacts after being sacked by the Washington Redskins during second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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The Giants have made it very clear, over and over again the last few years, that they will not force a decision on their Quarterback of the Future if they don't see one they love. They are comfortable putting it off indefinitely. They might even be on the verge of doing it again.

But that would be a mistake, no matter how good the class of quarterbacks looks in the 2020 draft. They can't keep punting this issue into the future. It's time to settle down, even if it means settling at the most important position in sports.

They need to find their Quarterback of the Future now.

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

The 2019 NFL regular season schedule won't be released until April 18, but it looks like former Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. has seen who he will be playing in his first year with the Browns. 

And it looks like his Week 1 matchup will find him back in his old stomping grounds. 

Beckham riled everyone up on Twitter Wednedsay night with a tweet suggesting he's making a return to New York to kick off his inaugural seaosn in Cleveland. 

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Giants extend Sterling Shepard 00:01:07
New York Giants believe they have a true #1 receiver in Sterling Shepard and show it with a $41 Million contract extension.

The Giants and WR Sterling Shepard are "working on" a contract extension that is expected to be worth $41 million over four years, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed on Wednesday. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the deal has $21.3 million in guaranteed money.

Shepard was entering a contract year, with his rookie deal expiring at the end of the season. There was no notion the Giants were interested in bringing back the Oklahoma product, let alone extension talks taking place. Rumors were floating around saying the Giants would want to shop Shepard, so they wouldn't let another talent walk into free agency like Landon Collins did this offseason. 

However, sources told Vacchiano the Giants never had any intention to trade Shepard. When Odell Beckham Jr. was dealt to the Browns, the team knew that Shepard needed to be signed long-term. Teams, like the Patriots as Garafalo points out, may have called GM Dave Gettleman to see if Shepard was available, but those talks weren't going to be anything more than that.

Tags: Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Scott Thompson
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Jan 21, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Giants Saquon Barkley and Sterling Shepard sit courtside at the Brooklyn Nets and the Sacramento Kings game at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)
Jan 21, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Giants Saquon Barkley and Sterling Shepard sit courtside at the Brooklyn Nets and the Sacramento Kings game at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)

The Giants and WR Sterling Shepard are close to finalizing a contract extension, and RB Saquon Barkley was quick to congratulate his teammate. 

After the news broke, Barkley immediately took to Twitter to show some love to Shepard, who he has grown close with ever since he was drafted by the Giants last season...

CLICK BELOW TO SEE SAQUON'S TWEET

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New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman speaks to the media during the 2019 NFL Combine at the Indianapolis Convention Center. (Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman speaks to the media during the 2019 NFL Combine at the Indianapolis Convention Center. (Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY Sports)

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With only two weeks left until the NFL draft kicks off, here's a look at how the Giants might use their 12 picks:

First round (6th overall) - DE/LB Montez Sweat, Mississippi State

Tags: Eli Manning, Josh Rosen, Saquon Barkley, Wayne Gallman, Ralph Vacchiano
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Sep 18, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) screams before a game against the Detroit Lions at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 18, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) screams before a game against the Detroit Lions at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

After the Giants traded him to the Browns, Odell Beckham Jr. was hurt. Shortly after that, he was excited. Now, he seems to be taking parting shots.

Here's how Beckham captioned his recent Instagram post:

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Oct 7, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Russell Shepard (81) looks on after a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers during the second half at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports  (Jim Dedmon)
Oct 7, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Russell Shepard (81) looks on after a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers during the second half at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Dedmon)

Wide receiver Russell Shepard announced he's re-signing with the Giants.

Shepard shared the news in an Instagram post, writing "EXTREMELY happy to be back with the GANG!!!! #BigBLUE #ShepDAWGBack."

The deal is for one year, according to the New York Daily News.

In 10 games with the Giants last season, Shepard had 10 catches for 188 yards and two touchdowns. The 28-year-old's special-teams contributions likely played a role in the Giants bringing him back, but he'll provide depth as the Giants make plans at wide receiver in the wake of trading Odell Beckham Jr. to Cleveland.

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Dec 30, 2018; Seattle, WA, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen (3) during warmups prior to the game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports (Steven Bisig)
Dec 30, 2018; Seattle, WA, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen (3) during warmups prior to the game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports (Steven Bisig)

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Josh Rosen reported for work bright and early on Monday morning in Tempe, Ariz., beating all of his teammates to the start of the Arizona Cardinals offseason workouts, as if everything was normal.

Of course, everything is not normal for Rosen, whom many around the NFL expect to be traded in the next two weeks. And the second-year quarterback could even end up in a bidding war between the Redskins and Giants in the NFC East.

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Aug 17, 2018; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur during the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)
Aug 17, 2018; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur during the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)

The Giants announced their preseason opponents Tuesday. 

They will open the set of exhibition games against the Jets at MetLife Stadium during Week 1 (Aug. 8-12), before hosting the Bears during Week 2 (Aug. 15-19). 

The Giants will travel to Cincinnati for a date with the Bengals during Week 3 (Aug. 22-25) and wrap up the preseason by heading to Foxboro, Massachusetts for a finale with the Patriots. It's the 15th consecutive year the Giants and Patriots have ended the preseason against each other. 

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Nov 11, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) shakes hands with Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen (3) after the game at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs won 26-14. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports (Denny Medley)
Nov 11, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) shakes hands with Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen (3) after the game at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs won 26-14. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports (Denny Medley)

Josh Rosen seems to have left a good impression on at least one of his former teammates. 

DE Markus Golden, whom the Giants signed to a one-year deal this offseason, praised the Cardinals quarterback on Twitter after NFL Network's Ian Rapoport tweeted that he was the first player in the building on the first day of offseason conditioning. 

Golden said that should hardly be a surprise to anyone that knows Rosen. 

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Oct 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) adjusts his helmet during the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) adjusts his helmet during the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Odell Beckham Jr.'s first feeling after the Giants traded him to the Browns wasn't relief or excitement. It was hurt.

"He was hurt. He was hurt initially," Von Miller of the Broncos recently said, according to NFL.com. "He loved New York. He loved his teammates. He loved the team. Whenever you get hit with something like that, you're going to be hurt. You're going to feel some type of disappointment with that."

Beckham was pretty quiet after the trade, posted something on social media the next day about joining the Browns, and then opened up during his introductory presser in Cleveland. According to Miller, Beckham's switch from being hurt to excited was quick.

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Oct 20, 2018; Annapolis, MD, USA; Houston Cougars defensive tackle Ed Oliver (10) applies pressure on Navy Midshipmen quarterback Garret Lewis (7) as guard David Forney (68) blocks during the second quarter at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Oct 20, 2018; Annapolis, MD, USA; Houston Cougars defensive tackle Ed Oliver (10) applies pressure on Navy Midshipmen quarterback Garret Lewis (7) as guard David Forney (68) blocks during the second quarter at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

With the NFL Draft less than three weeks away, the Giants are bringing two top defensive line prospects in for visits, reports Ian Rapoport of NFL.com

Clemson DE Clelin Ferrell and Houston DT Ed Oliver -- whose visit was expected -- will be meeting with Big Blue.

The Giants, who have the No. 6 and No. 17 picks in the Draft, have a bunch of different ways they can go with either pick, and selecting a defensive player with one (or both) of their picks is a possibility

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Mar 2, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins (QB05) throws a pass during the 2019 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)
Mar 2, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins (QB05) throws a pass during the 2019 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)

With the NFL Draft inching closer, the narrative is starting to change on some players, particularly Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins

When Haskins declared for the draft in January, he was regarded as the top quarterback in the class. When Kyler Murray declared, Haskins was regarded as the next one off the board. 

Now it appears Haskins' stock is sliding even further. 

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To anyone following the NFL Draft, it is no secret that the Cardinals -- owners of the first overall selection this year -- have their sights set on Kyler Murray. That is why the prospect of Arizona trading away their first-rounder last season in Josh Rosen has swirled around NFL rumors for weeks now. 

The Giants are at the top of those rumors, being a team that needs a quarterback solution after Eli Manning and has the draft capital to make a deal happen. However, the Cardinals haven't officially put Rosen on the market, and that could be the case all the way up to or through the Draft. 

The Cardinals likely received calls already from teams looking into Rosen, and the Giants may be on that list. But what about offers thrown Arizona's way. 

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Mar 2, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley (QB09) throws a pass during the 2019 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)
Mar 2, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley (QB09) throws a pass during the 2019 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)

As the Giants search for the heir apparent to Eli Manning, they decided to bring in somebody who is quite familiar with their star running back, Saquon Barkley

Penn State's Trace McSorley visited with the Giants on Friday, according to Matt Lombardo of NJ.com. 

McSorley was among several players in attendance for the team's "local" pro day, which consists of an unlimited number of incoming players with geographic tie to the team's home market. 

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The Giants hold the No. 6 overall pick in the NFL draft, which is at least close to where GM Dave Gettleman thinks teams find "gold-jacket players". It's an enormously important pick for this semi-rebuilding franchise.

But their second first-round pick -- 17th overall -- is the most intriguing one.

That's where the Giants appear to have the most options and far more uncertainty than they'll find at the top of the draft. At 6 their choices seem to be to grab the best of what's left of the top-tier defenders or select Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins to be Eli Manning's eventual successor.

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Dec 30, 2018; Seattle, WA, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen (3) passes the ball against the Seattle Seahawks during the first half at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports (Steven Bisig)
Dec 30, 2018; Seattle, WA, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen (3) passes the ball against the Seattle Seahawks during the first half at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports (Steven Bisig)

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As the Giants continue to ponder their future at quarterback, Josh Rosen will be part of the discussion at least between now and the NFL Draft.

But what happens if the Arizona Cardinals don't start fielding offers for Rosen until the draft is underway?

That problematic scenario is certainly one possibility, according to multiple NFL sources. At the moment, those sources said, there is no indication the Cardinals have already made Rosen available, even though they are widely expected to draft Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray with the No. 1 overall pick. Those sources believe the Cardinals are considering not discussing possible deals for Rosen until after they draft Murray, as a way to keep their options open and not tip their hand.

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Nov 12, 2018; Santa Clara, CA, USA; New York Giants receiver Quadree Henderson (15) during the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Nov 12, 2018; Santa Clara, CA, USA; New York Giants receiver Quadree Henderson (15) during the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

The Giants have waived KR/WR Quadree Henderson, per SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.

Henderson, 22, played in his first season with the Giants in 2018, and was primarily used as the team's punt and kick returner. However, with S Jabrill Peppers coming over in the Odell Beckham Jr. trade with the Browns, head coach Pat Shurmur confirmed that he expects Peppers to be used in the return game. 

Add in WR Corey Coleman, who had success returning kicks last season, and Henderson no longer has a role with the team. 

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