Some vital information coming out of last night's Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium. The Seattle Seahawks defeated the Denver Broncos, 43-8, in one of the most lopsided Super Bowl in over 20 years.

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[sny-accordion title="Super Bowl XLVIII Postgame Notes"] SUPER BOWL XLVIII POSTGAME NOTES

02/03/2014

With their win, the Seattle Seahawks are now the 19th NFL franchise to win a Super Bowl title.

The Seahawks are the first team in Super Bowl history to score a safety, as well as touchdowns by rushing, passing, returning a kickoff and returning an interception. The Baltimore Ravens in winning Super Bowl XXXV did score touchdowns by those four methods, but they did not have a safety. Both teams also kicked field goals.

At age 62, Pete Carroll is now the third-oldest coach to win a Super Bowl. Tom Coughlin was 65 when his Giants won Super Bowl XLVI. Dick Vermeil was 63 when the Rams won Super Bowl XXXIV. Pete Carroll is the third coach to win both a Super Bowl and NCAA title, joining Jimmy Johnson and Barry Switzer.

At 49 degrees Fahrenheit, this was the third-coldest outdoor Super Bowl in history. The 39-degree kickoff for Super Bowl VI remains the coldest, followed by 46 degrees at kickoff for Super Bowl IX. Both games were played at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans.

The opening safety after 12 seconds of play marked the fastest score in Super Bowl history. Peyton Manning was also on the opposing team of the previous fastest score. The 92-yard return of the opening kickoff by Devin Hester of the Bears took 14 seconds in Super Bowl XLI against Indianapolis (won by the Colts, 29-17).

The Seahawks also scored after exactly 12 seconds had elapsed in the second half. Percy Harvin's 87-yard kickoff return, the 10th in Super Bowl history, took that long.

Linebacker Malcolm Smith is the first defensive player to win Super Bowl MVP honors since Dexter Jackson of the Buccaneers in Super Bowl XXXVII, ending a streak of 10 straight quarterbacks or wide receivers.

It is the eighth time the defense has produced the Super Bowl MVP (nine players have won that honor with Randy White and Harvey Martin sharing the award for Dallas in Super Bowl XII).

Malcolm Smith joins Chuck Howley (Dallas in Super Bowl V) and Ray Lewis (Baltimore in Super Bowl XXXV) as the only linebackers to win Super Bowl MVP honors.

Malcolm Smith did not intercept a pass in his first 43 games (regular season and professional). Beginning with the Week 16 game with Arizona, he is now on a run of four interceptions in his last five games. He is the first player ever to return an interception for a touchdown and recover a fumble in the same Super Bowl game. His 69-yard return was the 13th TD on an interception return in Super Bowl history (fourth-longest among scoring INT returns).

The NFC has now won four of the last five Super Bowls and leads the AFC, 26-22.

Russell Wilson of the Seahawks is 25 years and 65 days old today. He is the third-youngest starting quarterback to win a Super Bowl. Only Ben Roethlisberger in Super Bowl XL and Tom Brady in Super Bowl XXXVI were younger.

Wilson finished the game with a passer rating of 123.1, the ninth-best in Super Bowl history. Roethlisberger (122.6 in Super Bowl XL versus the Seahawks) and Brady (86.2 in Super Bowl XXXVI against the Rams) had lower ratings.

Denver's passing game produced Super Bowl records for quarterback Peyton Manning and wide receiver Demaryius Thomas. Manning's 34 completions surpassed the 32 completions of Tom Brady of New England in Super Bowl XXXVIII. On the other hand, his 5.71 yards per pass attempt was his second-lowest total of the season. With his touchdown catch in the fourth quarter, Demaryius Thomas set the Super Bowl record for receptions in a game and he added one more subsequently for a final total of 13. The previous mark of 11 was shared by four players, including Broncos teammate Wes Welker (New England, Super Bowl XLII).

Super Bowl XLVIII marked the first time any NFL game (regular season or postseason) had ended with a score of 43-8.

Broncos QB Peyton Manning finished his historic season with 6,387 passing yards and 60 TD passes (both figures including postseason). The 60 TD passes are a record for an extended season. Drew Brees of the Saints retains the passing yards record with 6,414 In 2011.

With 280 passing yards in Super Bowl XLVIII, Manning now has 6,589 in his postseason career - and has moved past Tom Brady (6,424) into first place on the NFL's all-time list.

The Seahawks are the first of the eight teams that now make up the NFC West and AFC West to win a Super Bowl since St. Louis won Super Bowl XXIV.

Super Bowl XLVIII ended a streak of six Super Bowl decided by six points or less and a streak of 10 Super Bowls decided by 12 points or less.

The Seahawks are the first team to win a Super Bowl in a season in which they had or shared the NFL's best record since the Patriots won Super Bowl XXXVIII over Carolina.

In Super Bowls between a starting QB with previous Super Bowl experience and one with no Super Bowl experience, the QB without experience has won the last four (Aaron Rodgers GB over Ben Roethlisberger PIT, Drew Brees NO over Peyton Manning IND, Eli Manning NYG over Tom Brady NE). Tom Brady NE over Donovan McNabb PHI in Super Bowl XXXIX was the last experienced QB to beat a rookie.

Super Bowl XLVIII marked the first time Peyton Manning had trailed by 29-plus points in a game since the 2002 Wild Card loss at the Jets which ended with Indianapolis losing, 41-0.

The Seahawks set a Super Bowl record with 36 consecutive points to start a game. The previous mark was 24, which was done twice, by the Redskins in Super Bowl XXVI against the Bills and by the Dolphins in Super Bowl VIII against Minnesota. There have been longer runs of consecutive points within other Super Bowls, including 44 in a row by the Bears in their 46-10 win over New England in Super Bowl XX.

The Broncos entered Super Bowl XLVIII having scored at least 20 points in 24 consecutive games dating back to a 17-9 win over Kansas City on November 25, 2012.

They had scored at least 17 points in all 35 games since Peyton Manning joined the team at the start of 2012. Their last game in single digits was a 7-3 loss to Kansas City in the last regular season game of 2011.

This was the third consecutive game to contain a safety. The final points of Super Bowl XLVII came on an intentional safety scored by San Francisco. The first points of Super Bowl XLVI were a safety when the Giants scored when Tom Brady of the Patriots was called for intentional grounding.

There was a third time that a Super Bowl began with a safety, back in Super Bowl IX when Pittsburgh took a 2-0 lead over Minnesota. All three teams beginning the scoring with safeties have won their Super Bowl games.

The Seahawks needed only 18 completions to tie the Super Bowl record with nine different players making at least one reception.

The Seahawks are the 20th team to score first and never lose the lead en route to winning the Super Bowl. The Ravens also did so in Super Bowl XLVII.

The 27 rushing yards by the Broncos were the fifth-fewest in Super Bowl history - and the fewest since the Buccaneers held the Raiders to 19 in Super Bowl XXXVII.

The Seahawks won twice at MetLife Stadium this season, beating the Giants and Broncos by a combined score of 66-8. They forced a total of nine turnovers in those two games with seven interceptions.

With the win by the Seahawks, teams wearing white jerseys have won 9 of the last 11 Super Bowls.

Teams allowing the fewest points in the regular season have met teams scoring the most points in five Super Bowls. The team leading the NFL in points allowed has won all five.

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[sny-accordion title="Super Bowl XLVIII Records Set and Tied"] SUPER BOWL XLVIII – RECORDS SET AND TIED

Compiled By Elias Sports Bureau

SUPER BOWL RECORDS SET IN SUPER BOWL XLVIII

Quickest Score From Start of Game – 12 seconds, Seattle

Most Playing Time In The Lead, Game, Team – 59 minutes, 48 seconds, Seattle

Most Completions, Game – 34, Peyton Manning

Most Receptions, Game – 13, Demaryius Thomas

Most Super Bowls Lost, Team – 5, Denver

Most Completions, Game, Team – 34, Denver

SUPER BOWL RECORDS TIED IN SUPER BOWL XLVIII

Most Receptions, First Half – 7, Demaryius Thomas

Most Two-Point Conversions, Game – 1, Wes Welker

Most Safeties, Game -- 1, Cliff Avril

Most Touchdowns, Kickoff Returns, Game – 1, Percy Harvin

Most Safeties, Game, Team – 1, Seattle

Fewest Touchdowns Rushing, Game, Team – 0, Denver

Fewest Times Sacked, Game, Team – 0, Seattle

Fewest Times Sacked, Game, Both Teams – 1, Denver vs. Seattle

Fewest Times Intercepted, Game, Team – 0, Seattle

Fewest Punts, Game, Team – 1, Seattle

Fewest Punt Returns, Game, Team – 0, Seattle

Most Touchdowns, Kickoff Returns, Game, Team – 1, Seattle

Fewest Fumbles, Game, Team – 0, Seattle

Fewest Turnovers, Game, Team – 0, Seattle

YOUNGEST PLAYERS TO WIN SUPER BOWL MVP AWARD

Marcus Allen, L.A. Raiders, Super Bowl XVIII, Jan. 1984 23 years, 302 days

Lynn Swann, Pittsburgh, Super Bowl X, Jan. 1976 23 years, 317 days

Tom Brady, New England, Super Bowl XXXVI, Feb. 2002 24 years, 184 days

Malcolm Smith, Seattle, Super Bowl XLVIII, Feb. 2014 24 years, 212 days

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[sny-accordion title="Seahawks LB Malcolm Smith Named MVP"] Seattle Seahawks linebacker Malcolm Smith was voted the winner of the Pete Rozelle Trophy, awarded to the Super Bowl XLVIII Most Valuable Player.

The award is chosen by a panel comprised of 16 members of the Pro Football Writers Association of America, selected members of the electronic broadcast media and interactively through the National Football League’s official website, NFL.com.

Smith intercepted a pass in the second quarter and returned it 69 yards for a score. The touchdown put the Seahawks ahead 22-0.

Smith, a third-year player from Southern California, added seven tackles (four solo stops) and one pass defensed.

Smith, who has intercepted a pass in four of his past five games (including postseason), did not have an interception in his first 43 career games.

He became the third linebacker to earn Super Bowl MVP honors, joining Chuck Howley (Dallas Cowboys, Super Bowl V) and Ray Lewis (Baltimore Ravens, Super Bowl XXXV). [/sny-accordion]

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Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford and New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning meet on the field after a game at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford and New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning meet on the field after a game at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Giants may spend part of their summer in the suburbs of Detroit, holding a few days of joint practices with the Lions.

The two teams are in talks about holding the joint workouts, according to a source, which would take place sometime during the week of Aug. 12-18. The training camp sessions would lead up to the Giants' Week 2 preseason game against the Lions at Ford Field in Detroit, though the date of that game has not been officially set yet.

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. talks to Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant during warmups before a game at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. talks to Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant during warmups before a game at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was featured alongside free agent Dez Bryant in an Instagram video of the two of them working out together Thursday night.

Bryant, the former Cowboys wideout who has said he would be interested in coming to New York, posted a video of the two of them using battle ropes to train.

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On GEICO SportsNite, Ralph Vacchiano discusses the possibility of the New York Giants signing Dez Bryant after releasing Brandon Marshall.

On GEICO SportsNite, Ralph Vacchiano discusses the possibility of the New York Giants signing Dez Bryant after releasing Brandon Marshall.


Dec 30, 2017; Glendale, AZ, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions running back Saquon Barkley (26) runs the ball during the second half against the Washington Huskies during the 2017 Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports (Matt Kartozian)
Dec 30, 2017; Glendale, AZ, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions running back Saquon Barkley (26) runs the ball during the second half against the Washington Huskies during the 2017 Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports (Matt Kartozian)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The entire NFL world seems to know that the Giants are in love with Penn State running back Saquon Barkley. It's so obvious that even just a week before the draft, Giants GM Dave Gettleman isn't trying to hide it.

"I'm not going to lie. He's a tremendous talent," Gettleman said at his pre-draft press conference on Thursday. "You put the film on of a defensive guy and if they're playing Penn State, then I'm watching Saquon. He's one of those guys that my mother could have scouted. She could have figured that one out."

So the Giants are taking him with the second overall pick in the NFL draft, as long as the Cleveland Browns don't take him at No. 1, right?...

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A general view of an NFL game between the New York Giants and Jacksonville Jaguars during the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Danny Wild)
A general view of an NFL game between the New York Giants and Jacksonville Jaguars during the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Danny Wild)

The Giants will open the 2018 season at home against the Jaguars, and wrap things up at home against the Cowboys.

The schedule will also include a primetime game against the Cowboys in Dallas in Week 2, and Monday night games at Atlanta and San Francisco.

Their full schedule is below, confirmed by SNY's Ralph Vacchiano...

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

On Thursday the Giants' released WR Brandon Marshall and the general speculation immediately was that the team might try and pursue ex-Cowboys WR Dez Bryant. 

Well, there's another receiver that has noticed the opportunity. Free agent WR Victor Cruz tweeted that he heard there was an opening in New York...

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The Giants parted ways with wide receiver Brandon Marshall on Thursday after just one season with Big Blue, due to a failed physical.

The Giants parted ways with wide receiver Brandon Marshall on Thursday after just one season with Big Blue, due to a failed physical.


Nov 18, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans quarterback Sam Darnold (right) and UCLA Bruins quarterback Josh Rosen (3) shake hands after their game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports (Kelvin Kuo)
Nov 18, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans quarterback Sam Darnold (right) and UCLA Bruins quarterback Josh Rosen (3) shake hands after their game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports (Kelvin Kuo)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Dave Gettleman understands the high pressure of making the second overall pick in the draft, where he's said he expects to find a Hall of Fame-caliber player. It's even more intense this year, with so many quarterbacks potentially in play.

Pick the right one, and Gettleman could set the Giants up for the next decade. Pick the wrong one, he said, and "You've really hurt the franchise for probably five years. It's a five-year mistake."

But don't pick one at all, and let a great one slide past him - particularly with the Jets picking at No. 3? That's a mistake that could hurt the Giants for a decade, or maybe more...

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New York Giants wide receiver Brandon Marshall grabs his ankle after a catch against Los Angeles Chargers during second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants wide receiver Brandon Marshall grabs his ankle after a catch against Los Angeles Chargers during second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

The Giants have released WR Brandon Marshall due to a failed physical, GM Dave Gettleman said on Thursday. Marshall had agreed to take a pay cut, but was released anyway, reports Kimberly A. Martin of The Washington Post.

Marshall signed a two-year deal prior to last season, and his release frees up $5.1 million in salary cap space for this season. 

The 34-year-old Marshall missed the majority of the 2017 season due to season-ending ankle surgery after tearing ligaments in Week 5.

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Who will the Giants select #2? 00:05:24
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano and SNY NFL Draft Expert Rich Cirminiello discuss who the Giants will select 2nd overall in the NFL Draft.

SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano and SNY NFL Draft Expert Rich Cirminiello discuss who the Giants will select 2nd overall in the NFL Draft next Thursday.

The question all along, according to Vacchiano, has been whether the Giants will tab their next franchise quarterback or Penn State RB Saquon Barkley.

"If the Browns go with Sam Darnold, which I expect to happen, I don't think the Giants take a quarterback," said Cirminiello, adding that at that point, the Giants should take the best player available -- which is Barkley...

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Saquon Barkley can already envision himself in the Giants' offense. And it looks scary good. 

Barkley recently spoke about the prospect of joining the Giants, which some believe is a lock next Thursday. Having his versatile skill set in the backfield to go along with Odell Beckham and Co. on the outside has a good ring to Barkley's ears. 

"I think Eli Manning definitely has a lot in the tank left," Barkley told Penn State Live. "He's still an extraordinary player. You have Odell Beckham, one of the most exciting players in the NFL for three or four years. Then you talk about Sterling Shepard and the tight ends...

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Mar 1, 2018; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions running back Saquon Barkley speaks to the media during the 2018 NFL Combine at the Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)
Mar 1, 2018; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions running back Saquon Barkley speaks to the media during the 2018 NFL Combine at the Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)

It isn't a smokescreen. Saquon Barkley appears to be the guy the Giants want at No. 2. 

At least, that's what ESPN's Todd McShay feels from the Giants' camp. News has swirled around the Giants wanting to take Barkley with their first-round selection, with fellow ESPN analyst Louis Riddick saying there is a "strong sentiment" for Barkley in New York's building. 

But McShay topped Riddick's opinion by saying it is "inevitable" the Penn State running back will be daunting a Big Blue jersey next season. 

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Penn State running back Saquon Barkley plays against Ohio State during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)  (Jay LaPrete/AP)
Penn State running back Saquon Barkley plays against Ohio State during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete) (Jay LaPrete/AP)

The Browns have the No. 1 and No. 4 overall picks in next Thursday's NFL Draft, and it is widely expected that they'll take a quarterback with the No. 1 pick. But if they opt to take Penn State RB Saquon Barkley -- whether it's at No. 1 or No. 4 -- his handlers reportedly won't be happy.

"They don't want him in Cleveland," writes Ben Baskin for SI in a wide-ranging piece. "They want him to go second to the Giants and play in the media capital of the world. That's where you can become the Face of the League."

According to Baskin, Barkley's manager wanted him to demand that the Browns not draft him -- which Barkley was against, with him telling friends recently that if he brings a championship to the Browns, there will be a statue built in his honor.

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Dez Bryant to the Giants? 00:02:15
Dan Graca and Jon Hein review the reports of Dez Bryant's interest in signing with the Giants and discuss whether they'd be a good match.

Brandon Marshall isn't too keen on all the Dez Bryant-to-the-Giants talk. 

The now former Cowboys receiver said he wants to stay in division next season, and he has been hinting that the Giants could be a good destination for him. The social-media savvy Bryant has been on Twitter regularly since being released by the Cowboys last weekend, and the Giants are among the teams he has flirted with on his page. 

Giants players have expressed their own interest in Bryant as their teammate next season, with one being CB Janoris Jenkins

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Nov 18, 2017; Winston-Salem, NC, USA; North Carolina State Wolfpack defensive end Bradley Chubb (9) in game action during the second half against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at BB&T Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports (Jeremy Brevard)
Nov 18, 2017; Winston-Salem, NC, USA; North Carolina State Wolfpack defensive end Bradley Chubb (9) in game action during the second half against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at BB&T Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports (Jeremy Brevard)

Projecting trades in a Mock Draft is a futile effort. There are too many variables and rumors. It's mostly speculation. And really, it's just an exercise in fantasy football.

But … well, who doesn't love fantasy football?

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Penn State running back Saquon Barkley (Jeff Roberson/AP)
Penn State running back Saquon Barkley (Jeff Roberson/AP)

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The winds of the Meadowlands certainly seem to be blowing in Saquon Barkley's direction. He was caught on camera wearing a Giants hoodie. Louis Riddick, one of the men who interviewed to be the Giants GM, is sure they're taking the Penn State running back. So are many around the league who claim to know GM Dave Gettleman well.

And when the Giants are on the clock next Thursday night, Barkley may indeed be the pick.

It would just be a mistake to completely rule the quarterbacks out yet.

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(Andrew Innerarity)

Following his appearance at the Giants' facility for voluntary offseason workouts, the Odell Beckham Jr. trade talks have died down. 

That is why Beckham's best friend and former LSU teammate in Browns WR Jarvis Landry is done trying to orchestrate a reunion. He believes Beckham will be in a Giants jersey at least for one more season. 

"You know what, I think that period is over," Landry told ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi on lobbying with the Browns to trade for Beckham. "He's gonna be a Giant for another year."

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Former Penn State running back Saquon Barkley is expected to be taken as the top RB in the 2018 NFL Draft.

In his latest mock draft, Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer sees the Giants grabbing Penn State RB Saquon Barkley with their No. 2 overall pick. 

There has been tons of hype surrounding the connection between Barkley and the Giants ever since his private workout last week. GM Dave Gettleman has spoken publicly about the running back's "unique" skill set, and head coach Pat Shurmur has made it known that a versatile running back would be a vital asset to his offense. 

But most importantly is the fact that Gettleman has said a pick as high as No. 2 must warrant a Hall of Famer in the future. Breer sees Barkley being that guy. 

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Former USC quarterback Sam Darnold is expected to be taken as one of the top QB's in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Less than two weeks away from the NFL Draft, the Giants continue to get their last looks at the top quarterback prospects with USC's Sam Darnold concluding his visit with the team on Tuesday, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed.

Monday's visit with Darnold was a dinner, which is being followed by a facility tour on Tuesday. He already had dinner with the Giants brass before meeting with newly appointed head coach Pat Shurmur following his Pro Day in March. 

Darnold has touched on the prospect of playing in the Big Apple, specifically with the pressure of wearing a New York jersey carries. He said he wouldn't be scared with the spotlight on him...

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Mar 1, 2018; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions running back Saquon Barkley speaks to the media during the 2018 NFL Combine at the Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports (Trevor Ruszkowski)
Mar 1, 2018; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions running back Saquon Barkley speaks to the media during the 2018 NFL Combine at the Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports (Trevor Ruszkowski)

Former NFL exec and current ESPN analyst Louis Riddick would be taking Penn State RB Saquon Barkley at No. 2 if he was in Dave Gettleman's shoes. 

Riddick, who interviewed for the Giants' GM vacancy last year, says Barkley is "a special kid" that he wouldn't pass on. 

"I think Saquon Barkley is just a special kid," he told NJ.com's Ryan Dunleavy. "I think he will help Eli because he will give him someone who he can turn around and hand the ball to 25-28 times a game."

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Free-agent WR Dez Bryant continues to hint that he wants to stay in the NFC East, and the Giants may very well be the team he wants to sign with. 

"The Giants got a helluva defense, they're going to pay OBJ (Odell Beckham Jr.)" Bryant told Mike Fisher of CBS Sports on Monday. "Playing with him, Sterling (Shepard) ... the tight end (Evan Engram), (QB Eli) Manning? Crazy. They draft (Penn State running back Saquon Barkley with the No. 2 overall pick)? That'd be crazy!''

Bryant also discussed the potential of joining the Texans and Rams, though Fisher views the Giants as Bryant's top choice.

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The Giants are less than two weeks away from choosing their first-rounder with the No. 2 overall pick in this year's draft. And though many believe drafting Eli Manning's successor is in order for Big Blue, GM Dave Gettleman's "win now" mindset may not warrant a gunslinger in the end.

New York has been setting up private workouts with the top quarterback prospects in Sam Darnold, Josh Allen, Josh Rosen, and Baker Mayfield, with Darnold visiting the team on Monday followed by Allen Tuesday. But all the quarterback visits may be smoke and mirrors if the Giants have their heart set on another position instead.

"You got to do your due diligence when you're there at second," a source told The Post's Paul Schwartz," if you don't do to these workouts at No. 2 and you really don't have an interest in these guys, then you're tipping your hand."

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Penn State running back Saquon Barkley plays against Ohio State during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)  (Jay LaPrete/AP)
Penn State running back Saquon Barkley plays against Ohio State during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete) (Jay LaPrete/AP)

Penn State RB Saquon Barkley was spotted wearing a Giants hoodie during a trip to the barber earlier this week, with TMZ snapping photos. Sources told TMZ that the hoodie was given to Barkley as a gift by the Giants when he recently met with the team.

The Giants, who have the No. 2 pick in the Draft later this month, have been linked to Barkley, but most believe they will draft a quarterback from the group of USC's Sam Darnold, UCLA's Josh Rosen, Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield, and Wyoming's Josh Allen.

However, GM Dave Gettleman and head coach Pat Shurmur heaped praise on Barkley earlier this month.

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Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: It's not quite crunch time yet, but there are less than three weeks until the start of the first round of the NFL draft, which means draft boards are in their final stages all around the league. It also means that the truth about which players are being targeted by which teams is starting to leak out -- albeit slowly.

Still, there are a lot of variables, especially in the first two picks. But at the moment there aren't many changes to my latest Mini-Mock Draft. The Browns are still taking a quarterback at 1. The Jets are still definitely taking one at 3. And I still think the Giants will take one -- assuming the right one is available -- at 2.

Here's a full look at my new Top 10, with some updated inside information...

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) greets Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) during warmups before a game at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) greets Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) during warmups before a game at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

WR Dez Bryant was released by the Cowboys on Friday afternoon, with Bryant reportedly hinting afterwards that he might be staying in the NFC East.

Bryant, 29, had a down year in 2017, with 69 receptions for 838 yards and six touchdowns in 16 games.

"I let a lot of things get in the way that bother me mentally," Bryant said late last season. "I feel like, if anything, I need to deal with in the offseason - is that. Like I said, there's only certain things I can control."

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New York Giants' Landon Collins (21) returns an interception for a touchdown during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the New York Jets Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)
New York Giants' Landon Collins (21) returns an interception for a touchdown during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the New York Jets Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)

Giants S Landon Collins said his fractured forearm was "100 percent" during his conference call with the media on Monday. 

That isn't the case at all.

Collins' forearm has not been healing as doctors expected it to, NFL Network's Mike Garafalo first reported Wednesday night. Now, the safety has accepted the recommendation to undergo a second surgery to plate the bone yet again, NorthJersey.com's Art Stapleton reported.

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Dec 18, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) celebrates with quarterback Eli Manning (10) after scoring a touchdown against the Lions during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports  (Robert Deutsch)
Dec 18, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) celebrates with quarterback Eli Manning (10) after scoring a touchdown against the Lions during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

The Giants' preseason schedule has been officially released for the 2018 season. 

Kicking off their first contest of the season is a home game against the Cleveland Browns. Fans will certainly remember the last time the Giants faced the Browns in preseason. Odell Beckham Jr. sustained his ankle sprain that kept him sidelined until their Week 2 matchup against their second preseason opponent this year -- the Lions.

The Giants will travel to Detroit for this game before returning home for the annual Snoopy Bowl with the Jets at MetLife Stadium. 

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. leaves the field after the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. (Tim Heitman/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. leaves the field after the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. (Tim Heitman/USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: It has been nearly three weeks since John Mara fired the starting pistol on the Odell Beckham, Jr. frenzy when he refused to commit to him being on the 2018 roster. Since then, the saga has taken dozens of turns -- some absurd, and some entirely predictable.

And the reports on whether he'll be traded or not just won't stop.

But Beckham is still on the Giants and still with no long-term contract. The only thing that's changed is that he showed up for the first day of the offseason program on Monday, which the Giants seemed to take as a very positive sign. And that's all the Giants wanted all along -- a sign that he was willing to be committed to their program...

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Southern California Trojans quarterback Sam Darnold throws the ball against the Oregon State Beavers during the second quarter at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. (Kelvin Kuo/USA TODAY Sports)
Southern California Trojans quarterback Sam Darnold throws the ball against the Oregon State Beavers during the second quarter at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. (Kelvin Kuo/USA TODAY Sports)

In his latest Mock Draft, ESPN's Mel Kiper, Jr. has the Giants selecting USC QB Sam Darnold with the No. 2 pick -- as SNY's Ralph Vacchiano projected in his Mini Mock 3.0.

Kiper opines:

I still think the Giants should grab a quarterback with their pick (unless they get blown away by a trade offer). Eli Manning is 37 and on the down side of his career, and New York has a talented roster that shouldn't be picking this high in the future. Is GM Dave Gettleman really going to pass on a signal-caller who could be Manning's ready-made replacement?

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Hall of Fame running back Jerome Bettis joins the show to talk football with the panel and promote his new initiative to fight joint pain.

Appearing on SNY's Daily News Live on Tuesday, Hall of Fame RB Jerome Bettis offered his opinion on WR Odell Beckham's contract situation.

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(Rob Grabowski)

Former Giants RB Brandon Jacobs wants to know why people continue to harp on WR Odell Beckham Jr.

The star wideout has always had a New York media spotlight on him from the beginning of his career, but he has seen extra coverage this offseason due to trade talks swirling around him. 

Jacobs took to Twitter Monday to ask why everyone seems to be concerned about the 25-year-old...

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Former UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen is expected to be taken as one of the top QB's in the 2018 NFL Draft.

With the NFL Draft a little over two weeks away, the Giants continue to get their last live look at the top prospects they could select with their second overall pick. 

With Sunday and Monday's private workouts featuring Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield and Penn State RB Saquon Barkley, UCLA QB Josh Rosen is the next top prospect to visit the Giants. He is scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, per SNY's Ralph Vacchiano. 

After Rosen's visit, USC QB Sam Darnold is expected to be next on the list at some point later this week. Wyoming QB Josh Allen and Notre Dame G Quenton Nelson are also expected to visit the Giants. N.C. State DE Bradley Chubb visited the Giants last week.

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(Brace Hemmelgarn)

Giants star WR Odell Beckham Jr. has taken a shot back at future Hall of Fame LB Ray Lewis. Or at least that is what it looks like. 

Lewis went on The Herd with Colin Cowherd Monday, and had some strong words to say about the 25-year-old receiver who he says has "removed God from his life."

"In everything that he is doing, he is crying out for help," Lewis said. "We have a lot of people reporting about it. But it's always been the duty of elders to go back to help. That's why I raised my hand and told him, 'I'm here whenever you need me.'"

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Dave Gettleman, New York Giants general manager, speaks after being introduced during a news conference on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)  (Adam Hunger/AP)
Dave Gettleman, New York Giants general manager, speaks after being introduced during a news conference on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger) (Adam Hunger/AP)

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Here is the most up-to-date information on whom the Giants have added and lost during free agency, including contract details and salary cap information. Be sure to bookmark this page and check back for frequent updates.

GIANTS SALARY CAP SPACE

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New York Giants safety Landon Collins (21) and cornerback Eli Apple (24) (Michael Ainsworth/AP)
New York Giants safety Landon Collins (21) and cornerback Eli Apple (24) (Michael Ainsworth/AP)

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At the end of last season, Eli Apple was in the epicenter of the Giants' locker room dysfunction. It got so bad that his teammate, Landon Collins, called him "a cancer" during a radio appearance in late December.

That's a hard word to walk back, and a feud that didn't seem easy to fix. But, on the first day of the new Giants' offseason workout program on Monday, Collins insisted that's exactly what they did. Everything between the two of them, he insisted, is fine despite everything that happened last season...

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Pat Shurmur and Eli Manning speak on Odell Beckham reporting to Giants' workouts while Taylor Rooks and Ralph Vacchiano discuss it further.

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Eli Manning heard some of the speculation that Odell Beckham Jr. was on the verge of being traded, but he said he never really took it seriously. He always envisioned himself throwing passes to Beckham this upcoming season.

And perhaps next season. And maybe even another year or two after that.

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New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)

Ereck Flowers was a no-show to the Giants' voluntary offseason workout on Monday, a source confirmed to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.

Flowers, who will be shifting from left tackle to right tackle this season, struggled badly last season -- after which the Giants signed former Patriots left tackle Nate Solder to a four-year deal worth $62 million.

The 23-year-old Flowers, who the Giants selected 9th overall in the 2015 NFL Draft, has a cap hit of $4.579 million this season.

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DNL: Beckham reports to Giants 00:04:37
The Daily News Live panel discusses the significance of Odell Beckham showing up at the Giants' facility after a tumultuous offseason.

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | ArchiveOdell Beckham, Jr. was back in the building for the start of the Giants' offseason program on Monday morning, just as new coach Pat Shurmur said he always expected. For any other player, that would simply be treated as business as usual.

For Beckham, though, business is rarely "usual" and his return to East Rutherford, N.J., comes amid a wild swirl of speculation about his future with the team. So what does his presence mean? Will he be on the Giants in 2018? Will he eventually get a new, lucrative, long-term contract?

There'll be a time to figure all of that out, of course. For now, Shurmur is just focusing on what he considers the most important news of the day: Beckham, as promised, showed up...

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) plays against the Cleveland Browns during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane) (Ron Schwane/AP)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) plays against the Cleveland Browns during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane) (Ron Schwane/AP)

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The ball was firmly placed in Odell Beckham's court two weeks ago when the Giants fanned the flames of the rumors that their star might be traded. They meant it mostly as a warning shot, and what they wanted was a sign that he was committed to being the player and person they wanted him to be.

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (William Hauser/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (William Hauser/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants WR Odell Beckham will attend the Giants' offseason workout program beginning on Monday, he told ESPN's Josina Anderson.

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. leaves the field after the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. (Tim Heitman/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. leaves the field after the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. (Tim Heitman/USA TODAY Sports)

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It has been nearly two weeks since John Mara fired the starting pistol on the Odell Beckham Jr. frenzy when he refused to commit to him being on the 2018 roster. Since then, the saga has taken dozens of turns - some absurd, and some entirely predictable.

But Beckham is still on the Giants and still with no long-term contract. So with the start of the voluntary offseason program looming on Monday, here's a look at where things currently stand, based on interviews with Giants owners Mara and Steve Tisch, GM Dave Gettleman, coach Pat Shurmur, and multiple team and league sources familiar with this story.

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Daily News Live: Giants, Barkley 00:02:44
The Daily News Live panel discusses the Giants hosting top draft prospect Saquon Barkley and whether they'll draft him over a quarterback.

New York Giants' Eli Apple reacts after breaking up a pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)
New York Giants' Eli Apple reacts after breaking up a pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - At the end of his troubled season last year, Eli Apple's future with the Giants looked very bleak. His teammates didn't like him. One called him "a cancer." The organization grew tired of his complaining and lack of effort. He was suspended for the final game.

If there was anyone who desperately needed the "clean slate" the new Giants regime was offering, it was clearly this 22-year-old former first-round pick. Whether he actually takes advantage of it remains to be seen.

But the Giants' new coaching staff sure seems to hope that he does.

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Dec 18, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) celebrates with quarterback Eli Manning (10) after scoring a touchdown against the Lions during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports  (Robert Deutsch)
Dec 18, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) celebrates with quarterback Eli Manning (10) after scoring a touchdown against the Lions during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

Odell Beckham apparently skipped Eli Manning's annual minicamp at Duke University again this week, as he presumably continued to rehab his ankle back in Los Angeles.

But Brandon Marshall was in Durham, N.C. for the workouts, leading to some speculation that he still might have a future with the Giants after all...

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Tight end Ryan O'Malley (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)
Tight end Ryan O'Malley (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

The Giants re-signed tight end Ryan O'Malley to a one-year deal on Friday, according to NFL Network's Kim Jones.

O'Malley, 24, appeared in one game for New York last season but was not targeted.

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New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers warms up before an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane) (Ron Schwane/AP)
New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers warms up before an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane) (Ron Schwane/AP)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The great experiment to see if Ereck Flowers can salvage his career by moving from left tackle to right tackle is scheduled to begin this spring and last into the summer. And there's a possibility it could take longer than that.

That's because as simple as it seems on the outside, new Giants offensive line coach Hal Hunter knows better. And getting the 23-year-old Flowers to do things the complete opposite way of how he's done them for his entire pro and most of his college career is probably going to take a little bit of time.

"I don't think the assignments are that tough," Hunter said on Wednesday...

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New York Giants strong safety Landon Collins reacts after recovering a fumble against the Oakland Raiders in the third quarter at Oakland Coliseum. (Cary Edmondson/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants strong safety Landon Collins reacts after recovering a fumble against the Oakland Raiders in the third quarter at Oakland Coliseum. (Cary Edmondson/USA TODAY Sports)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The new Giants coaching staff inherited plenty of lingering problems, but none bigger than the dysfunctional mess inside the defensive backs room. Three cornerbacks were suspended last season. Efforts were openly questioned. And it all bottomed out when safety Landon Collins publicly called cornerback Eli Apple "a cancer."

Maybe it's true that everyone will have a "clean slate" this season, as the new regime has promised. But that's still a major headache that new defensive backs coach Lou Anarumo has to cure.

"The DB room is always full of characters," Anarumo said. That's a funny line, but it doesn't really explain the size of this mess...

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In a single trade, the Patriots changed the narrative of the Odell Beckham, Jr. trade rumors. They traded their top receiver Brandin Cooks and a fourth-round pick to the Rams, who had been at the forefront of Beckham trade talks, for their 23rd overall selection in this year's Draft and a sixth-rounder. Cooks, now fills the void left by Sammy Watkins, and combines his talents with the emerging Cooper Kupp. That puts Los Angeles out of the running for the Giants' 25-year-old star. 

But the Patriots now have a void to fill.

But the Patriots now have a void to fill. Cooks produced 1,082 yards and seven touchdowns on 65 receptions last season. Also, Danny Amendola, who was the team's second-best wideout with 659 yards on 61 receptions last season, signed with the Miami Dolphins. Julian Edelman, who is currently their top wide receiver with these moves, is coming off a torn ACL from last season. 

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Dec 31, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback William Gay (22) enters the field before playing the Cleveland Browns at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports (Philip G. Pavely)
Dec 31, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback William Gay (22) enters the field before playing the Cleveland Browns at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports (Philip G. Pavely)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - New Giants defensive backs coach Lou Anarumo didn't sound too worried about the team's depth at cornerback when he spoke to the media on Wednesday morning. This might explain why.

The Giants are expected to sign veteran cornerback William Gay, an NFL source told SNY. The 33-year-old veteran is due to meet with the team on Thursday, as first reported by his former Steelers teammate, Bryant McFadden, who now works for CBS Sports. The deal is contingent on Gay passing a physical...

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