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)

Even after a season in which Saquon Barkley set rookie records and put himself in position to win Offensive Rookie of the Year, the question remains: was passing on a quarterback the right move for the Giants?

Barkley continues to have to answer this question and did so again this week leading up to the Super Bowl. 

On the Rapsheet & Friends podcast on Westwood One, the Giants running back said that people who believe the team should have selected a quarterback are "not wrong."

"I know everyone is saying a quarterback should have been taken before me and, you know, they're not wrong," Barkley said. "That's their opinion. They can have their opinion. But some people believe I should have been taken at that pick. And they're not wrong, either. They can have that opinion."

Video: Saquon Barkley's historic rookie year by the numbers

The Giants selected the 21-year-old running back ahead of Sam Darnold, who was taken third overall with the Jets and struggled at times this season but also showed potential. 

Barkley has done everything in his power to deflect the attention away from whether or not he was the right selection.

"I got to go out there and try to have the success the (best) way that I can," he said. "Not to prove anybody else right or wrong."

Barkley did just that, accumulating a league-high 2,028 yards from scrimmage -- becoming just the third rookie in NFL history to eclipse 2,000 total yards in a season -- and also set a rookie running back record with 91 receptions en route to being selected to his first Pro Bowl. 

On Saturday, the NFL will reveal the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year award, which is expected to be between Barkley and Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield

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Here are the latest Giants rumors and reports leading into the NFL Draft, which kicks off Thursday night...


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April 25, 3:34 PM: SNY's Ralph Vacchiano has been hearing speculation of the Giants potentially trading back in to the end of the first round to target West Virginia QB Will Grier or NC State QB Ryan Finley. Vacchiano doesn't think the team likes Finley all that much, so Grier would be his best bet. 

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Houston Texans outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)
Houston Texans outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)

The Giants both need a pass rusher. Could Texans star Jadeveon Clowney be an option?

Ahead of Thursday's NFL draft, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported that the Texans are open to trading Clowney, whom they franchise tagged last month.

However, the Houston Chronicle's John McClain has reported Houston wants to sign the 26-year-old Clowney to a contract extension.

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Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

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NASHVILLE -- The Arizona Cardinals hold the keys to the entire first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday night. And they just might hold the keys to the Giants' future as well.

There is no doubt the Giants will be watching closely tonight when the Cardinals make the first overall pick, sometime around 8 p.m. Arizona is widely expected to select Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray. And once they do -- or if they do -- it'll be clear that their current quarterback, Josh Rosen, will be available in a trade.

The Giants have already had internal discussions about the possibility of trading for Rosen, as SNY has reported, and an NFL source said they've also spoken to the Cardinals, too. Those conversations, the source said, were very preliminary and were just an attempt by the Giants to get an idea of the Cards' intentions and what the price for Rosen might be.

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Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: NASHVILLE- Dave Gettleman can be hard to decipher sometimes, but history suggests he's not a very good liar. He tells it like it is, even if his plan isn't always crystal clear at that moment.

So when he said it was his "dream" to find a successor to Eli Manning and glowed about the "Kansas City model" of having a young quarterback to sit behind a veteran for a year, I believed him. I also believed him when he insisted he wouldn't "force" a pick or "reach" for a quarterback. And I believed him when he glowed about the defensive players at the top of the draft, and how he thought one of them would absolutely be there for the Giants at 6.

And when he was asked about the possibility of trading up, I took "no guts, no glory" as a sign that he'd be willing to do that for the right player.

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Chris Simms not high on Jones 00:01:41
NFL analyst Chris Simms weighs in on the possibility of the New York Giants selecting quarterback Daniel Jones with the 6th overall pick.

On Thursday night, the Giants could very well call Duke QB Daniel Jones with one of their two first-round picks in the 2019 NFL Draft. 

But NBC Sports NFL analyst Chris Simms doesn't think GM Dave Gettleman should make that call.

Jones has been linked to the Giants throughout the offseason, and Simms just doesn't know why. In fact, he believes Jones isn't worthy of a first-round pick in the first place.

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Drew Lock ready for NY media 00:02:31
Ralph Vacchiano talked to Giants target Drew Lock ahead of the NFL Draft. The QB is confident he'll contribute to any NFL team.

When the Giants are officially on the clock Thursday night in Nashville with the sixth and 17th overall picks to spend, the name Drew Lock could come out of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's mouth. 

The Giants have been connected to the Missouri quarterback throughout this draft process, as the team looks for Eli Manning's hopeful heir apparent for this season. Lock certainly has some competition for that role with Dwayne Haskins and Daniel Jones among them. 

But in a 1-on-1 interview with SNY's Ralph Vacchiano, Lock sold himself with not just the physical attributes like his strong arm and ability to keep a play alive. He made sure to point out what he accomplished through the ups and downs during his four years with the Tigers.

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Jan 1, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; Kentucky Wildcats linebacker Josh Allen (41) celebrates after sacking Penn State Nittany Lions quarterback Trace McSorley (9) during the first half in the 2019 Citrus Bowl at Camping World Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Jan 1, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; Kentucky Wildcats linebacker Josh Allen (41) celebrates after sacking Penn State Nittany Lions quarterback Trace McSorley (9) during the first half in the 2019 Citrus Bowl at Camping World Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

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NASHVILLE - Josh Allen, the best edge-rusher available in this year's NFL draft, thinks it would be "crazy" if he ended up playing NFL football not far from where he grew up in Montclair, N.J.

It would be even crazier if he ended up playing for the Giants and not the Jets.

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Draft Profile: Daniel Jones 00:00:41
Duke College quarterback Daniel Jones is a 2019 NFL draft prospect and looks to have early-round potential.

NASHVILLE -- Dave Gettleman sounded last week like he was perfectly content to wait to see if the right quarterback falls to the Giants with their second of two first-round picks in the NFL draft.

But there are a number of people around the NFL who just don't believe him and think he's preparing to take Duke quarterback Daniel Jones at No. 6.

"That's their guy," an NFL source told SNY on Wednesday. "They love him and they have for a while. I can't imagine they'll wait until 17. He's not likely to last that long."

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Giants NFL Draft Preview 00:01:29
SNY Draft Analyst Rich Cirminiello previews the Giants NFL Draft, looking at who they should pick, avoid and a possible sleeper to steal.

The Giants have eight picks over the final four rounds of the NFL Draft, which begins Thursday. 

That leaves them with plenty of opportunity to improve the depth of their football team.

NFL Draft expert Rich Cirminiello broke down five sleeper candidates the Giants should be targeting with their surplus of picks.

Ryan Finley, N.C. State, QB 

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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)

Depending on which pieces of information you trust, Dwayne Haskins is either a terrific pocket-passer with a great mental approach who should go early in the first round of the NFL Draft, or he isn't a first-round talent at all.

According to ESPN's Diana Russini, the Redskins believe Haskins is the former -- and have made him their target. 

The Redskins currently have the No. 15 pick in the Draft, and also have a second-round pick (No. 46).

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Odell needs to take high road 00:01:03
Cleveland Browns receiver Odell Beckham Jr. recently went on a twitter rant about the New York Giants and the Thread dissects the fiasco

Former Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. continued to call out his former team on Twitter on Monday night.

A day after Beckham called out Giants GM Dave Gettleman for his comments about the team not having a culture problem "anymore", Beckham tweeted his side of the story when he wanted to return from injury but head coach Pat Shurmur wouldn't let him.

A sampling of Beckham airing the Giants' dirty laundry...

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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 will be on the clock twice during the first round of the NFL Draft. 

However, that means there are two chances for them to miss -- at No. 6 and No. 17 overall. 

NFL Draft expert Rich Cirminiello dished on four prospects the Giants should avoid come Thursday.

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May 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants owner John Mara (left) and general manager Dave Gettleman on the field during rookie minicamp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center on Friday. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY SPORTS (Danielle Parhizkaran)
May 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants owner John Mara (left) and general manager Dave Gettleman on the field during rookie minicamp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center on Friday. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY SPORTS (Danielle Parhizkaran)

The Giants will enter the NFL Draft with two glaring needs they have to fill soon and two first-round picks with which to do it. They need a Quarterback of the Future, unless they really do think Eli Manning will play forever. And they need a pass rusher for a team that basically has none.

There is absolutely no reason they can't get both if GM Dave Gettleman plays his draft cards right, and there are multiple ways he can do it. But the best and smartest way to do it would be to take the franchise quarterback first and the pass rusher later.

So he should take Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins with the sixth overall pick, and a top defensive player -- like Clemson's Clelin Ferrell -- at 17.

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Giants NFL Draft Preview 00:01:29
SNY Draft Analyst Rich Cirminiello previews the Giants NFL Draft, looking at who they should pick, avoid and a possible sleeper to steal.

NFL Draft expert Rich Cirminiello has a bold claim. 

In five years, Dwayne Haskins will be a better quarterback than Kyler Murray

Here's why he thinks the Giants should select Haskins at No,. 6, including options they could tap into if they don't take him there, as well as who Big Blue should target with the 17th overall pick. 

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Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Dwayne Haskins drops back in the pocket during the second quarter against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium. (Matthew OHaren/USA TODAY Sports)
Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Dwayne Haskins drops back in the pocket during the second quarter against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium. (Matthew OHaren/USA TODAY Sports)

Should the Giants pick a quarterback with the No. 6 or No. 17 pick in Thursday's NFL draft, it is possible they could draft someone who has drawn comparisons to Tom Brady.

Former NFL quarterback and former NFL analyst Trent Dilfer compared Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins to the six-time Super Bowl champion Brady, not based on the style of play, but how they see the field.

"I thought Dwayne should've waited, but he's the most like Tom Brady of anyone we've had," Dilfer told The MMQB's Albert Breer earlier this month. "He sees it like Tom, he works at it, he plays that way. He plays on time, with his intellectual process. I don't want to compare anyone to Brady, but he's Tom Brady-ish."

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Dec 29, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman addresses the media at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Dec 29, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman addresses the media at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Giants general manager Dave Gettleman believes he knows what it takes to build a Super Bowl contender, having been a part of a number of teams that have gotten there throughout his career. He says he's never been a part of a Super Bowl team that had a culture problem.

So as he tries to rebuild the Giants into such a team, does he think there's a culture problem?

"Not anymore," Gettleman told NJ Advance Media's Steve Politi in a story posted Sunday.

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Jan 7, 2019; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide offensive lineman Jonah Williams (73) against the Clemson Tigers during the 2019 College Football Playoff Championship game at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports (Mark J. Rebilas)
Jan 7, 2019; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide offensive lineman Jonah Williams (73) against the Clemson Tigers during the 2019 College Football Playoff Championship game at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports (Mark J. Rebilas)

It's no secret Dave Gettleman loves big guys. Or, as he calls them, "hog mollies." The Giants general manager maintains the old-school philosophy that the game is won in the trenches, and he's done all he can during his tenure in charge to make the team fit that mold.  

To protect quarterback Eli Manning's blind side, Gettleman signed All-Pro tackle Nate Solder from New England. Another notable move was selecting guard Will Hernandez, who started all 16 games at guard last season, in the second round. But Solder took a step back from his Patriots days, Hernandez had to learn on the fly as a rookie, and an injury to center Jon Halapio early in the year left the Giants thin at the position. 

Plus, a hole still exists at right tackle.

Enter Jonah Williams, perhaps the "hoggiest" "molly" in the 2019 draft class. The Giants will have two first round picks come Thursday. Will Gettleman be able to pass on the Alabama product with more than one pass at him? 

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New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. (Andrew Weber/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. (Andrew Weber/USA Today Sports Images)

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There's nothing more memorable than finding a monster player in the NFL draft - unless it's bungling a high-profile pick. Thanks to the Internet and fans' long memories, those dud choices live forever, long after careers have ended. 

How will that play out for the Giants on Thursday in the latest installment of the draft? Is there another Dave Brown waiting for them, come draft night? Another high-profile Duke quarterback is available, so what could go wrong? 

With that in mind, here's a look at the Giants' biggest mistakes in the draft over the last 25 years. Brown doesn't make this list, since he was picked in the 1992 supplemental draft. But you'll probably remember plenty of the guys who do.

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We're back with another scouting report, and another defensive end has made the list as the Giants have less than a week left until the 2019 NFL Draft. 

Clelin Ferrell was one of college football's most lethal edge rushers on a Clemson Tigers' line that was furious in all aspects. The redshirt junior could have entered the Draft last season, but he wanted to work on his craft more in college and it paid off. 

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New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers (74) blocks during an NFL preseason football game against the Cleveland Browns. (AP)
New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers (74) blocks during an NFL preseason football game against the Cleveland Browns. (AP)

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There's nothing more memorable than finding a monster player in the NFL draft - unless it's bungling a high-profile pick. Thanks to the Internet and fans' long memories, those dud choices live forever, long after careers have ended. 

How will that play out for the Giants on Thursday in the latest installment of the draft? Is there another Dave Brown waiting for them, come draft night? Another high-profile Duke quarterback is available, so what could go wrong? 

With that in mind, here's a look at the Giants' biggest mistakes in the draft over the last 25 years. Brown doesn't make this list, since he was picked in the 1992 supplemental draft. But you'll probably remember plenty of the guys who do.

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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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Gettleman talks draft strategy 00:02:19
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

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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."

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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.

Tags: Eli Manning, Danny Abriano
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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."

Tags: Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr.
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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...

Tags: Eli Manning, Ralph Vacchiano
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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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