Mar 1, 2017; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Carolina Panters general manager Dave Gettleman speaks to the media during the 2017 NFL Combine at the Indiana Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)
Mar 1, 2017; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Carolina Panters general manager Dave Gettleman speaks to the media during the 2017 NFL Combine at the Indiana Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)

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Dave Gettleman will begin his first full day as the Giants general manager on Friday, and he won't need anyone to show him around the office. He also won't need an update on the Giants' many problems.

He already knows.

The big question, though, is this: How is he going to fix this mess? How is he going to restore the Giants to what they were when he left in 2012.

The Giants were still a contender then, one year removed from a Super Bowl championship. Now they are 2-13, en route to 2-14, with a 36-year-old franchise quarterback who might not be around next season and no obvious answer to how he'll be replaced. They have a crumbling offensive line that anchors an offense that has gone 30 straight games now without scoring 30 points, and a defense filled with huge salary cap numbers that has redefined the word "dysfunction" this year.

They also have contractual issues with star receiver Odell Beckham, discipline issues with former first-round pick Eli Apple. The franchise is broken, and it really has been since they won Super Bowl XLVI at the end of the 2011 season - now two coaches and a general manager ago. Since then they've had two winning seasons, one playoff berth and no playoff wins in six years and a dismal record of 41-54 (.431).

So how can Gettleman fix this mess? He can start, by following this simple, 10-step plan:

1. Mend fences with Eli Manning, name him the starter for 2018, but tell him to be prepared for a transition. The Giants were 11-5 a year ago, so with a healthy Beckham and a few fixes (like along the offensive line), there's no reason the Giants can't be a playoff team next year. But they don't have another quarterback ready to lead them. Manning can still do it, even at age 37. So give him the job, but let him know change is coming. If it's handled correctly -- unlike the mess Jerry Reese and Ben McAdoo created a few weeks ago -- it can be done smoothly. Manning will know he's the man as long as the Giants are winning in 2018, but he'll also know that if next season goes wrong, it will become someone else's turn.

2. Draft a QB at No. 2. If the Giants pick in the top 2 (they almost certainly will be) and USC's Sam Darnold and UCLA's Josh Rosen come out, it would be football malpractice not to take one of them. Scouts think they're special (and many feel the same about Wyoming's Josh Allen). Given the franchise QB is 37 and the Giants have a chance to replace him with a player who might carry them for 10 years, they have to do it (even if they really like Davis Webb, who could always be a future trade chip). Otherwise, they might spend 10 years searching for a QB. That would be bad. Just ask the Jets.

3. Fix the O-line, starting at left tackle. Gettleman loves his "hog mollies" - those big men in the trenches - so it's a given that he'll start his rebuilding effort right here. And enough with the rewritten "narrative" that Ereck Flowers has shown promise at left tackle. He's shown promise that he might not be awful, but that's not good enough for a No. 9 pick heading into Year 4. He's only 23, so it's OK not to give up on him completely, but he can play right tackle. Or guard, if the Giants prefer. They need to fortify the line, probably with a left tackle and two guards at least.

4. See if Justin Pugh and/or Weston Richburg will return at a bargain rate. That might be a tough sell for Pugh, who wants to be paid -- and he might strike it rich despite his bad back. Richburg is more likely to return because he wasn't playing well before he missed much of the season with a concussion. Pugh is a good guard. Richburg still has plenty of potential, even though Brett Jones played pretty well in his absence. The Giants shouldn't break the bank for either, but they could be valuable at the right price. (This, by the way, is a perfect job for Kevin Abrams, an expert negotiator who is expected to stick around as Gettleman's top assistant). 

5. Hire a veteran, proven head coach. Given what transpired, Mike Smith or Doug Marrone -- who essentially finished second and third when McAdoo was hired -- would've been better choices because they already knew the demands of a head coach and how to handle themselves publicly and privately. That's where McAdoo failed the most. Gettleman is said to like Steve Wilks, the Panthers defensive coordinator. Maybe he'll be a great coach. But right now, the Giants need someone who knows how to manage the locker room, put out the inevitable fires, and who has the credentials to command respect when things go wrong. Going the young, unproven route is risky. Sure, they could find the next Sean McVay. They could also end up with another McAdoo. One great choice, by the way, would be Bill O'Brien if he doesn't return to the Texans.

6. Hold off on that Beckham extension. Everyone is in agreement that Beckham should be here forever and should get paid ridiculous amounts of money. But what's the rush? He's due $8.4 million next season and the Giants can franchise him after that, and even again after that, so he won't be a free agent for a while. Sure, he might skip the offseason program again. He might do that anyway. But he's coming off a bad ankle injury. Let's see what he can do when he returns. Everyone is sure he'll be the same star he always was. Hopefully that's true. But everyone thought that about Steve Smith, Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz after their injuries, too, and they weren't.

7. Get to work on that Landon Collins extension. His deal is also up after the 2018 season, and the Giants can't franchise both him and Beckham. Since he's healthier and his cost won't be as high, he should be the priority. Collins is exactly the kind of player and leader they should want anchoring the back end of their defense for years. He's due $1.2 million in 2018. The going rate for top safeties is around $13 million per year with guarantees of probably around $20 million. A five-year extension worth $65 million or so isn't ridiculous. They should work on it in the offseason and he can sign it during the summer. They can time it around when and how it'll help their cap the most.

8. Bring back Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, but at a reduced salary. With a salary of $6.4 million and a cap number of $8.5 million, it was long assumed Rodgers-Cromartie was gone this offseason, especially with the emergence of Eli Apple, and definitely after his walkout/suspension earlier this year. Then a funny thing happened: Rodgers-Cromartie settled down and emerged as a leader and team spokesman, and Apple went into full meltdown mode. Rodgers-Cromartie is very popular in the locker room and always has been. A new coach could use a few guys like him. Not at that price when he'll be 32 next year, but he might be willing to take a cut to stick around.

9. Shop Apple around the draft for picks. This obviously got much harder over the last week, with his suspension and with a teammate calling him a "cancer". Still, he's only 22 and is enduring a rough year professionally and personally. Giving up on him would be a mistake. But it's been so bad -- and so many of his teammates have soured on him -- that it's worth a few calls to gauge his value. He's not that good that he's not replaceable. And as a former first-round pick with a relatively low cost, he might bring a mid-round pick in return. Who knows? The value could be higher if the Giants are able to void the guaranteed money left on his contract, which they now believe they are able to do.

10. Be available to the media (and, by extension, the fans). Warning: This was not a strong point for Gettleman in Carolina, but it's worth revisiting in his new job because New York is not Charlotte. Reese viewed most of the media (with a few hand-picked exceptions) as the enemy and a distraction. He spoke publicly five times per year, plus during the draft, and only issued canned statements otherwise. He never explained his big decisions or free-agent moves, and only spoke on the state of the team at the bye week or after the season was over. He was much more accessible early in his career when things were going well. Regardless, fans deserve better. I know no one cares who the media feels, but fans want explanations, they want to hear from the people in charge so they know there's a plan, especially when things are going wrong. Hiding was a terrible choice. Gettleman is a likeable - and well-liked man - who was easy to talk to when he was operating behind the scenes. He needs to embrace that side of himself publicly in his new role. Because if he can't handle explaining himself in a press conference every now and then, then he's probably not equipped to handle the pressures of the job - and New York.

Tags: Brett Jones, Davis Webb, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Justin Pugh, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Victor Cruz, Weston Richburg, Ralph Vacchiano

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The Daily News Live crew discusses Dave Gettleman's comment that the Giants may not select a quarterback with their first-round pick.

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"The Giants need a run game this season" is a phrase that is definitely easier said than done, and one that has been said for a few years now. 

The ground game has consistently slacked for a few years now, and the Giants would like that streak to end. Just think: Ahmad Bradshaw was the last 1,000-yard rusher for this team back in 2010...

Tags: Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Wayne Gallman, Scott Thompson
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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)

The Giants' head into the offseason unsure of what they really are. Two years ago they were an 11-5 playoff team. Last year they were a 3-13 mess with largely the same personnel.

Chances are the reality of the Giants is somewhere in between, which makes them a team like many others in the league: Talented, but flawed.

How they fix those flaws will determine how they fare in 2018 under first-year head coach Pat Shurmur. And as they get ready to begin their offseason overhaul, here's a look at their biggest needs:

Offensive line - This is everything for the Giants and the primary reason for their problems over the last six years. They need a total rebuild, especially with Justin Pugh and Weston Richburg headed to free agency...

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Pat Shurmur holds a helmet after being introduced as head coach of the New York Giants during an NFL football news conference, Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, in East Rutherford , N.J. Shurmur, the former Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator, was announced as the new coach less than 24 hours after he and the Vikings were beaten by the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC title game. The 52-year-old Shurmur replaces Ben McAdoo, who was fired in early December. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)
Pat Shurmur holds a helmet after being introduced as head coach of the New York Giants during an NFL football news conference, Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, in East Rutherford , N.J. Shurmur, the former Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator, was announced as the new coach less than 24 hours after he and the Vikings were beaten by the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC title game. The 52-year-old Shurmur replaces Ben McAdoo, who was fired in early December. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | ArchivePat Shurmur wasted no time at all assembling his coaching staff with the Giants, and on Thursday he made it all official when he announced the hiring of 16 assistants, including six that were holdovers from Ben McAdoo's staff.

The big names, of course, were offensive coordinator Mike Shula, who came from the Carolina Panthers, and defensive coordinator James Bettcher, who came from the Arizona Cardinals. Shula was the last coach to be added, and he'll not only help with the game planning -- as Shurmur calls his own plays -- but Shula will be the Giants' quarterbacks coach, too.

"He'll assume all the roles that any offensive coordinator would have," Shurmur said in a press release from the team. "And he'd obviously be in positon to call (plays), if need be."

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"Broadway Baker" has a nice ring to top prospect QB Baker Mayfield

The 2017 Heisman Trophy Award winner sat down with The Post's Steve Serby to talk about the prospect of playing in the Big Apple, and if he has what it takes to succeed in a market that isn't friendly to anyone. 

Simply put: Mayfield loves the spotlight. 

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Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | ArchiveBobby Hart, the tackle who was cut by the Giants in late-December after refusing to practice and play in the season finale, has found a "fresh start" in Cincinnati. And he's hoping the Bengals can help him reshape a tattered reputation he believes is unfair.

The 23-year-old Hart, in quotes released by his new team, didn't deny that he refused to take the field with the Giants in the final week of their miserable 3-13 season. Instead, according to the release, he said he believed "some" in the Giants organization agreed that he shouldn't play because he was still bothered by a nagging ankle injury.

Hart didn't say who agreed with him, but it clearly wasn't new GM Dave Gettleman, who green-lighted Hart's release on Dec. 30 -- just one day after Gettleman officially started his new job...

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Former Giants running back Rashad Jennings handed out roses to lucky ladies in Times Square on Valentine's Day.

Nine of the Top 10 rushing teams in the NFL made the playoffs last season. All but one of the 12 playoff teams finished in the Top 15. And the playoffs were littered with star running backs, too, like Todd Gurley, Leonard Fournette, Le'Veon Bell, LeSean McCoy, and super-rookies like Kareem Hunt and Alvin Kamara.

If only the Giants had a running back like that.

Then again, maybe they do.

Tags: Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings, Ralph Vacchiano
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Jan 1, 2018; Pasadena, CA, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) is pressured by Georgia Bulldogs linebacker David Marshall (51) in the 2018 Rose Bowl college football playoff semifinal game at Rose Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Jan 1, 2018; Pasadena, CA, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) is pressured by Georgia Bulldogs linebacker David Marshall (51) in the 2018 Rose Bowl college football playoff semifinal game at Rose Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield would be a suitable option for the New York Giants in the upcoming NFL draft, Bucky Brooks of NFL.com wrote on Tuesday.

Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter |: I've been on the Baker Bandwagon all season long. This kid is something special in my eyes, and it isn't just the numbers as Brooks points out. It's the heart, intensity, and drive that he has every time he steps between the hashes.

And that is why Baker Mayfield is the only quarterback I would want the Giants to draft with their first-round selection. 

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) during an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals won 23-0. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) (Rick Scuteri/AP)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) during an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals won 23-0. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) (Rick Scuteri/AP)

The Giants counsel have asked to delay Eli Manning's memorabilia lawsuit until June 11, per Newsday's Jim Baumbach.

The team asked the New Jersey court for this request as their lead attorney, Michael Kelly, is undergonig treatment for a sickness and has another trial set for March. Manning's trial is currently set for March 26.

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Dec 31, 2017; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur prior to the game against the Chicago Bears at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports (Brace Hemmelgarn)
Dec 31, 2017; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur prior to the game against the Chicago Bears at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports (Brace Hemmelgarn)

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Pat Shurmur hasn't announced his coaching staff yet, but less than a month after being hired as the new head coach of the Giants he has completely filled it, according to multiple sources and reports.

Here's a look at who will be joining Shurmur in New York (though keep in mind, no official announcements have been made yet):

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The Giants are projected to have somewhere around $22-23 million in salary cap space when the free-agent signing period opens on March 14. That's "healthy" as assistant GM Kevin Abrams back in December.

And during the next month, the Giants could become even healthier than that...

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Dwayne Harris, Eli Apple, Janoris Jenkins, John Jerry, Ralph Vacchiano
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The DNL panel discusses the Giants' hiring of Mike Shula from the Carolina Panthers to coordinate Big Blue's offense with Pat Shurmur.

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Pat Shurmur was unable to land his top choice - and possibly choices - for offensive coordinator. Instead, he has turned to one of Dave Gettleman's guys.

Shurmur has hired former Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator Mike Shula as his offensive coordinator, SNY confirmed. The 52-year-old Shula will also serve as the Giants quarterbacks coach, a source told SNY.

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Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter |: There are more pressing positions to address in the Draft this year, but with the pass game being so important in today's NFL, there can never be too many threats on the outside.

The Giants seem to be set at the wide receiver position with Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, and Brandon Marshall stacked on the outside. It also helps that TE Evan Engram has rare speed and agility at his position, and proved it last season as one of Eli Manning's favorite targets.

However, the 2017 season wasn't generous to this group. Beckham and Marshall underwent season-ending surgeries after both Pro Bowlers sustained injuries in the same week. Shepard was on and off the field as well, playing in 11 games this season.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Odell Beckham Jr., Roger Lewis, Sterling Shepard, Tavarres King, Scott Thompson
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New York Giants offensive guard Justin Pugh during the game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Kevin Hoffman/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants offensive guard Justin Pugh during the game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Kevin Hoffman/USA TODAY Sports)

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One good thing about the Giants' miserable season and their recent run of (mostly) futility: They don't have a lot of free agents on their roster that they absolutely must sign.

They do have 25 players approaching free agency, though, and a little more than a month to make some decisions. Here's a look at all their free agents-to-be, and their prospects of returning or finding potential riches somewhere else around the league:

Tags: Brett Jones, Devon Kennard, D.J. Fluker, Geno Smith, Jay Bromley, Jonathan Casillas, Justin Pugh, Keenan Robinson, Kerry Wynn, Mark Herzlich, Nat Berhe, Orleans Darkwa, Shane Vereen, Tavarres King, Weston Richburg, Ralph Vacchiano
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Jan 1, 2017; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) is sacked by New York Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison (98) during the first half at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Jan 1, 2017; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) is sacked by New York Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison (98) during the first half at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

Giants DT Damon "Snacks" Harrison and S Landon Collins made it to Pro Football Focus' top 101 players for the 2017 NFL season. 

Harrison, who has made the list four times now, was named PFF's best run defender in 2017 after hitting 40 run stops for the third time in his career. Snacks may not have made the Pro Bowl, but PFF recognizes him as one of -- if not the most -- valuable run stopper in the game. 

"There is no greater run-stuffing force in the NFL than Damon Harrison, the Giants defensive tackle," PFF writes. "Harrison won PFF's best run defender award again this season, and has made run stops and run-stop percentage a statistic owned by him alone. Harrison again topped 40 run stops this season, third time in his career, or two more times than the rest of the league's interior defenders have managed since 2006. The run game has never been less important in the NFL, but Harrison is good enough to be an exception to that rule."

Tags: Damon Harrison, Landon Collins
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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning speaks to the media in the press room after being named the co-winner of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year during the 6th Annual NFL Honors at Wortham Theater. (Kirby Lee)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning speaks to the media in the press room after being named the co-winner of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year during the 6th Annual NFL Honors at Wortham Theater. (Kirby Lee)

Giants co-owner John Mara's deposition in the Eli Manning memorabilia fraud case could show that the team turned a blind eye to the situation back in 2008.

The lawyer of Eric Inselberg -- the memorabilia dealer who is suing the Giants and Steiner Sports -- asked Mara what he did after seeing an email from equipment manager Joe Skiba about the game-used helmets. Mara claimed he didn't recall if he spoke with Skiba in-person about it. Mara also didn't go to Manning about it as well. 

Inselberg's lawyer then says it is "willful blindness" for the Giants to neglect investigating the situation.

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Oct 8, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back Kenjon Barner (38) and running back coach Duce Staley against the Arizona Cardinals at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Oct 8, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back Kenjon Barner (38) and running back coach Duce Staley against the Arizona Cardinals at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

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The Giants' search for an offensive coordinator isn't over yet.

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New York Giants Helmet and ball in the second half at MetLife Stadium. The Miami Dolphins defeat the New York Giants 27-10. (William Hauser)
New York Giants Helmet and ball in the second half at MetLife Stadium. The Miami Dolphins defeat the New York Giants 27-10. (William Hauser)

The Vikings have denied the Giants' request to interview QB coach Kevin Stefanski for their vacant offensive coordinator position, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Stefanski was a top choice for the Giants, who could turn their attention to Eagles RB coach Duce Staley or former Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, though he has been pursued by the Indianapolis Colts, according to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.

The Vikings hired Eagles' QB coach John DeFilippo for their OC job on Thursday. Stafanski was up for that job and it was assumed the Giants would be able to interview and possibly hire him, but the Vikings rejected the interview request. Stefanski has spent the last 11 years in various jobs on the Vikings' coaching staff.

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Stanford, CA, USA; UCLA Bruins quarterback Josh Rosen (3) (Sergio Estrada)
Stanford, CA, USA; UCLA Bruins quarterback Josh Rosen (3) (Sergio Estrada)

Dan Duggan of NJ.com took a stab at a seven-round mock draft for the Giants that will leave fans excited if it comes to fruition. He has the Giants selecting UCLA QB Josh Rosen no. 2 overall and Georgia RB Sony Michel in the third round. 

Rosen, 21, threw for career highs in yards (3,717), touchdowns (26), and completion percentage (62.5) this season. Outside of his raw talent, though, there have been questions of his "coachability" according to ESPN's Todd McShay. 

Many fans have been well read on the franchise quarterbacks at the top of the draft, like Rosen, Sam Darnold, Josh Allen and Baker Mayfield, but there still will be talent to find after the first round. Duggan tried to show just that with the Giants taking Michel in the third round...

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New York Giants offensive tackle Bobby Hart on the sideline during the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. (Kevin Hoffman/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants offensive tackle Bobby Hart on the sideline during the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. (Kevin Hoffman/USA TODAY Sports)

The Giants have officially waived T Bobby Hart from the IR, meaning his time with Big Blue is over

Hart has started 21 games in the past three seasons. This year, he's started seven times at right tackle among a much-maligned Giants offensive line.

New GM Dave Gettleman spoke at his introductory press conference about his plans for the offensive line...

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With the NFL season officially over, all attention turns to the top-rated prospects coming out of college to pursue their professional dreams. 

For the Giants, their No. 2 overall pick is their top priority at the moment as they figure out what to do with the selection. Other than that top pick, though, there seems to be a consensus on what position the Giants should be addressing in this year's draft: the offensive line. 

Tags: Bobby Hart, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Justin Pugh, Weston Richburg, Scott Thompson
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Pat Shurmur holds a helmet after being introduced as head coach of the New York Giants during an NFL football news conference, Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, in East Rutherford , N.J. Shurmur, the former Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator, was announced as the new coach less than 24 hours after he and the Vikings were beaten by the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC title game. The 52-year-old Shurmur replaces Ben McAdoo, who was fired in early December. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)
Pat Shurmur holds a helmet after being introduced as head coach of the New York Giants during an NFL football news conference, Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, in East Rutherford , N.J. Shurmur, the former Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator, was announced as the new coach less than 24 hours after he and the Vikings were beaten by the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC title game. The 52-year-old Shurmur replaces Ben McAdoo, who was fired in early December. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)

The first domino has fallen in the Giants' search for an offensive coordinator, and that could mean new Giants coach Pat Shurmur could have his top choice - and his completed staff -- in place in a few days.

Kevin Stefanski, the Vikings quarterbacks coach and the man believed to be Shurmur's top choice for offensive coordinator with the Giants, could now be free to join his old boss in New York after he was passed over by the Vikings for their offensive coordinator job. The Vikings filled that job on Thursday night when they hired Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo, according to ESPN....

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Aug 31, 2017; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Carter (86) catches a pass in the second quarter against the Miami Dolphins at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Rempel)
Aug 31, 2017; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Carter (86) catches a pass in the second quarter against the Miami Dolphins at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Rempel)

The Giants have claimed former Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Carter off waivers, it was announced Thursday.

The move was first reported on Jan. 23, shortly after the Giants officially hired Carter's former coach, Pat Shurmur, to be the head coach. 

Carter was activated from the Vikings' practice squad in December and was cut during the playoffs when the team needed to make room for QB Sam Bradford.

 

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Cardinals star CB Patrick Peterson is the latest player to say great things about his former defensive coordinator, James Bettcher. 

The 39-year-old Bettcher was called "one of the best young coordinators in the league" by former Cardinals coach Bruce Arians, and Peterson thinks the exact same way. 

"He's a great young defensive coordinator," Peterson told NJ.com's Dan Duggan. "He brings a lot to the table. He's extremely smart. He understands how to adjust to whatever his players know how to do. The thing that I was most impressed with Coach Bettcher was the way he was able to relate to his players. I wish him nothing but the best of luck out there in NYC."

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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 is bringing in former Panthers personnel executive Mark Koncz into the fold as a consultant to assist in the scouting process, the NY Post reports. 

Koncz was with the Panthers from 1994 until this past summer, when he was fired from his position as director of player personnel. He became the team's pro scouting director in 2000. Gettleman promoted Koncz to director of player personnel last May, but he was fired soon after Gettleman was relieved of his duties last summer.

The Giants finished 2017 with a 3-13 record, establishing a club-record for losses in a single season. New York will pick second in the upcoming NFL Draft where they are expected to select a QB.

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The Philadelphia Eagles are Super Bowl champions, but the world hasn't yet spun off its axis. So for now, at least, Super Bowl LIII is still scheduled to be played next year.

The Eagles, who were the worst team in the NFC East just one year ago, are clearly among the favorites to get back to the Super Bowl again. But is there any chance the Giants can pull off their worst-to-first trick, too?

Tags: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Ralph Vacchiano
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Dec 4, 2016; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) before their game against the Los Angeles Rams at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports (Winslow Townson)
Dec 4, 2016; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) before their game against the Los Angeles Rams at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports (Winslow Townson)

Patriots OC Josh McDaniels has opted to remain in his current role after initially agreeing to become the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts.

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | ArchiveJosh McDaniels was very high on the Giants' list of head coaching candidates - definitely in the final three, and at least one source put him in the final two. Even as they seemed to be zeroing in on Pat Shurmur, there were some in the organization who wanted them to place one last call to McDaniels, just to make sure he really preferred the Colts.

Consider that a bullet dodged...

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Pat Shurmur has finalized most of his Giants coaching staff already, but one significant piece is still missing. And it's possible his search for an offensive coordinator will last into next week.

That's because Vikings quarterbacks coach Kevin Stefanski is believed to be one of Shurmur's top targets, but he's also a candidate to get Shurmur's old job as Vikings offensive coordinator, too. Meanwhile, the Vikings are still interviewing candidates, and they appear to be interested in Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo.

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Todd McShay has UCLA QB Josh Rosen still going to the Giants with the second overall selection in his latest mock draft

The ESPN analyst understands new head coach Pat Shurmur and GM Dave Gettleman backed Eli Manning as the starter for next season, but that doesn't mean they pass up on Rosen's talent.

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

Former Giants QB Phil Simms remembers being in the midst of a regime change in New York, and has some advice for Pat Shurmur to insure success in his first season. 

After Bill Parcells left the Giants, Ray Handley was put in charge, and New York didn't seem to be the same team. Handley coached just two seasons, posting a 14-18 record before being ousted in 1992. In Simms' last season before retirement, the Giants decided to make Dan Reeves their newest head coach in 1993.

Simms immediately saw a change in the locker room when Reeves met with the team for the first time, and he just knew Giants football was back. 

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Eli Manning found a way to steal the show from Tom Brady again by appearing alongside Odell Beckham Jr. in an entertaining Super Bowl ad.

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | ArchiveIn the closing moments one of the best Super Bowl commercials in years, Odell Beckham, Jr. comes running into Eli Manning's arms and the Giants quarterback lifts his star (and injured) receiver high above his head. It was a near-perfect replica of Patrick Swayze lifting Jennifer Grey in the big finale of the 1987 movie "Dirty Dancing."

But was it real?
 

The short answer is: It was real enough...

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Eli Manning and Odell Beckham during preseason play Saturday. (Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports)
Eli Manning and Odell Beckham during preseason play Saturday. (Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports)

Leave it to Eli Manning to steal the spotlight from Tom Brady in a Super Bowl again -- this time without even being there.

While Brady and the New England Patriots were losing Super Bowl LII to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night, Manning and Odell Beckham, Jr. starred in one of the most popular and best Super Bowl commercials which aired during the game on NBC. It featured Manning and Beckham doing a choreographed touchdown celebration to the "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" from the "Dirty Dancing" soundtrack, complete with some of that movie's most famous moves.

Manning did most of the wildest dancing, including a head-spinning and startlingly accurate homage to Patrick Swayze's dancing in the movie's final scene. He was also joined by some of his offensive linemen. Giants safety Landon Collins made a cameo appearance in the commercial for the NFL, too...

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 (Brace Hemmelgarn)
(Brace Hemmelgarn)

Odell Beckham Jr. is known to be a good dancer, but even he couldn't help but to chuckle at his Super Bowl commercial with Eli Manning.

The Giants' star wideout and franchise quarterback were the talk of commercials Sunday night after they showcased their best "Dirty Dancing" moves for the millions watching.

Immediately after the airing of the commercial, Beckham posted to his Instagram story laughing with the rest of the world who just watched it.

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Eli Manning found a way to steal the show from Tom Brady again by appearing alongside Odell Beckham Jr. in an entertaining Super Bowl ad.

The Giants may have missed the playoffs, but quarterback Eli Manning and wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. won the Super Bowl by showing off their dance moves.

With a little inspiration from "Dirty Dancing," Manning and Beckham showed off their moves in a commercial highlighting the NFL's touchdown celebrations.

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Nick Foles and the Eagles upset Tom Brady and the Patriots for the first Super Bowl win in Philadelphia's franchise history.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) As their delirious fans sang their theme song and their owner lifted the Lombardi Trophy, the Philadelphia Eagles finally could breathe freely.

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Chris Carlin and Jon Hein host Loud Mouths from the Mall of America to discuss the Super Bowl and how they think it will play out.

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THE GAME

The NFC Champion Philadelphia Eagles (15-3) vs. the AFC Champion New England Patriots (15-3) at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Sunday, Feb. 4 at 6:30 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER

Thank goodness for domes! Outside the Super Bowl stadium the temperature won't even reach double digits, with a forecast high of 9 and a low of 0. Inside it'll be fine. Hopefully it'll be nice and toasty in front of your TV, too.

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Pat Shurmur speaks after being introduced as head coach of the New York Giants during an NFL football news conference, Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, in East Rutherford , N.J. Shurmur, the former Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator, was announced as the new coach less than 24 hours after he and the Vikings were beaten by the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC title game. The 52-year-old Shurmur replaces Ben McAdoo, who was fired in early December. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)
Pat Shurmur speaks after being introduced as head coach of the New York Giants during an NFL football news conference, Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, in East Rutherford , N.J. Shurmur, the former Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator, was announced as the new coach less than 24 hours after he and the Vikings were beaten by the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC title game. The 52-year-old Shurmur replaces Ben McAdoo, who was fired in early December. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)

Giants coach Pat Shurmur is planning to finalize his coaching staff this week, he said at the NFL Honors Awards Show on Saturday night.

"We've got a few (assistants) in the building, and we'll finish up the hiring process (this) week," Shurmur said, according to Newsday. "Then we'll all get to work."

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(Brace Hemmelgarn)

Add Odell Beckham Jr. to the list of players trying to recruit pending free-agent RB Le'Veon Bell this offseason. 

Beckham, who is spending time in Minneapolis for the Super Bowl, posted a picture with Bell to his Instagram telling the world to "welcome the newest member of the giants."

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Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur stands on the field before an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn) (Bruce Kluckhohn/AP)
Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur stands on the field before an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn) (Bruce Kluckhohn/AP)

Giants head coach Pat Shurmur has been named Assistant Coach of the Year by the Associated Press for his role as offensive coordinator of the Minnesota Vikings.

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. catches a four-yard touchdown pass against Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills during the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. catches a four-yard touchdown pass against Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills during the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants WR Odell Beckham said he is hoping to land a contract extension as he prepares to enter his fifth season in the NFL.

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Dec 22, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison (98) takes the field for action against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Philadelphia Eagles won 24-19. (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)
Dec 22, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison (98) takes the field for action against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Philadelphia Eagles won 24-19. (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)

Giants DT Damon Harrison admits he knows nothing about the defense that the Cardinals ran while new defensive coordinator James Bettcher coached there, but he's ready to do whatever is asked of him.

Last season, the Giants gave up the second most yards in the NFL and was tied for 28th in points conceded. Ownership decided to clean house, firing GM Jerry Reese and head coach Ben McAdoo. Since the organization hired Pat Shurmur to replace McAdoo, the new coach brought his own coaches in, including Bettcher to be the new defensive coordinator, replacing Steve Spagnuolo

"I know absolutely nothing," Harrison said when asked what he knew about Bettcher's defenses in Arizona, via Paul Schwartz of NY Post...

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Dec 31, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning during warm up before game against the Washington Redskins at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Dec 31, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning during warm up before game against the Washington Redskins at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Giants QB Eli Manning is getting a headstart, and watching some Vikings film to see how Pat Shurmur's offense works. 

The Giants new head coach and veteran quarterback are prevented from watching film together until the new league year. But Manning, a stout student on and off the field, has already begun looking at Shurmur's latest film with the Vikings to see how he could be effective in his system. 

"I just watched (the Vikings') offense in a couple of games from last year," Manning told NJ.com's Dan Duggan. "I just tried to have the plays kind of written on the screen so I can start learning some of the terminology and put it all together, just calling plays and seeing some of the schemes that they're running."

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(Kirby Lee)

Sitting behind Eli Manning wouldn't bother Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield. In fact, it would be "an ideal situation."

While soaking in the Super Bowl festivities in Minnesota, Mayfield spoke briefly on playing for the Giants, and simply put, he would love to throw to the young receivers they have now. 

"Throwing the ball to Engram, Shep and Odell wouldn't be too bad," Mayfield told Newsday's Tom Rock. "Those are some studs right there. Being there, that's a big-time franchise. The spotlight, I think I thrive on that. I think that would be an ideal situation."

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Giants offensive lineman Justin Pugh joins Daily News Live to discuss his future, Pat Shurmur and Super Bowl LII.

Giants offensive lineman Justin Pugh joins Daily News Live to discuss his future, Pat Shurmur and Super Bowl LII.


New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning walks off the field after a play against the Philadelphia Eagles during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning walks off the field after a play against the Philadelphia Eagles during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)

Giants quarterback Eli Manning said he would have no problem if New York drafted a quarterback with the No. 2 pick in the NFL Draft in April.

"It's my job to play quarterback. It's their job to handle the draft," Manning said Friday morning on the Dan Patrick radio show, adding that he's "fine" with the Giants selecting a QB. "I know how old I am," he said. "How many years of football do I have left? who knows? ... If they want to take a quarterback number 2, it's still my job to play quarterback and go out and compete like I do every year."

The Giants are in position to draft their next quarterback of the future with the second pick, and could have said quarterback learn under the 37-year-old Manning, who has started 214 of the Giants' last 215 games since taking the reins in 2004.

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New York Giants linebacker Devon Kennard (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants linebacker Devon Kennard (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants linebacker Devon Kennard said he would look forward to working with new head coach Pat Shurmur, new defensive coordinator James Bettcher and the rest of New York's new coaching staff in 2018 if he returns to the team.

An unrestricted free agent, Kennard, 26, said on Radio Row at Super Bowl LII he hopes to hear from new GM Dave Gettleman, with whom he met once according to Newsday's Tom Rock, but understands the business aspect of football.

"I expect to hear from them in the next few weeks now that the coaching staff is established," Kennard said, according to Rock. "Maybe then, but you never know. I don't know what they're thinking because it's a new GM and head coach. I don't know where they stand."

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New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo on the field before the game against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland Coliseum. (Kelley L Cox/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo on the field before the game against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland Coliseum. (Kelley L Cox/USA TODAY Sports)

Former Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo believes that Ben McAdoo did an 'outstanding' job with the Giants and will get another chance as a head coach in the NFL. 

This season, the Giants on-field product was disastrous. With a team that many thought to be championship caliber, the team finished 3-13, earning the second overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. They were 31st in scoring offense and 28th in scoring defense. 

"It was a really tough year," Spagnuolo told Jim Miller and Pat Kirwan on SiriusXM Radio. "I want to say this up front, Ben McAdoo, who was our head coach, in my opinion will be a head coach again. He did an outstanding job. I mean, we just had things kind of snowball the wrong way this year. Sometimes when that ball gets rolling the wrong way it's hard to push it back up and get going in the middle of it..."

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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)

Selecting second overall in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Giants will likely have their choice of either Josh Rosen or Sam Darnold, whichever quarterback isn't selected first overall by the Browns.

While many early mock drafts assume that Darnold will be taken by the Browns, the quarterback said that it'd be "amazing" should his name be called by the Giants. One reason for his excitement: Eli Manning. 

"I was at the Manning Passing Academy, it was a great opportunity for me to get better, and I learned a lot from Eli," Darnold told Steve Serby of NY Post. "He's a great guy, great personality, him and Peyton both. ... It would be amazing. If I do get drafted by New York and he was there, it'd be an amazing opportunity to get better..."

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(Jerry Lai)

In 2017, the Giants rushing attack lacked a cutting edge as it finished 26th in the league with just 1,549 total rushing yards. The blunt attack could have been better if the team had signed LeGarrette Blount last offseason as star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. wanted. 

Instead, Blount signed a one-year deal with the Eagles and is now preparing for the Super Bowl as the Giants prepare their draft strategy with the second overall pick, a reward for finishing 3-13.

"[Beckham] did the same thing that any really, really close friend would do, and that's try to get a close friend on the team," Blount said... 

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