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Even though the Giants are coming off their most successful regular season since 2008 and their first playoff berth since 2011, their season-ending, 38-13 loss in Green Bay in the wild-card round left a bad taste in everyone's mouth. It also left the Giants heading into the offseason with plenty of difficult questions.

You asked them, so I'll answer as many as I can in two installments of the first offseason edition of my SNY Giants Twitter mailbag. Here is Part II:

Is it time for the Giants to draft their next franchise quarterback? -- @kennyg825

In a word, no. I actually wrote about this here last week, and my opinion remains unchanged. I believe the Giants should keep their eyes open for an opportunity to find their next franchise quarterback, but they shouldn't move on it this early unless the opportunity is too good to pass up. Yes, if the next Aaron Rodgers fell to them at 23 they should pounce. But as of right now, I don't see the next Aaron Rodgers in this draft. Some scouts aren't sure there's a franchise quarterback at all.

Could the Giants see someone they think will be a franchise quarterback someday? It's possible. But Eli Manning is 36 years old, which even GM Jerry Reese said isn't "ancient" for a quarterback. He's got three more years left on his contract and, barring a surprise injury, is likely to play them out. He's also not exactly a quarterback in obvious decline. No, this wasn't his best season, but let's be real: It's not like his ability and numbers fell off a cliff. If this is the beginning of a decline, it's starting pretty slowly.

So I don't know why the Giants would want their next franchise quarterback sitting on their bench for two or three years. It worked eventually with Rodgers in Green Bay, but remember it was really messy for a while. Rodgers didn't want to sit. Brett Favre never actually warmed to the idea. Fans were divided and a controversy was created every time Favre struggled. Eventually, a legend was essentially forced to "retire."

I believe the Giants should wait until they know Manning is at the end, whether it's the end of his contract, or when it's crystal clear on the field that he just can't do it anymore. Who knows what opportunities there will be two, three years down the line when they're looking for a quarterback? Maybe they'll find themselves at the top of the draft again. Maybe someone will be available in trade. Maybe by then they'll have identified a Dak Prescott in the later rounds.

So wait for it. There's no reason to rush now and start the slow push of Manning out the door.

Will McAdoo stop calling offensive plays? -- @robcube

I doubt it. I think he'll consider it during the offseason. I think there might be one or two people in the front office who might even suggest it to him. I think they are going to take a long, hard look at why this offense plummeted from being in the Top 10 to 25th overall, 26th in scoring, and why it couldn't score 30 points in a game all season long or even 20 in a game over the last month.

In the end, though, I think he believes that since it's his offense, he's the best one to call the plays. I also think the Giants will defer to him on that because he called the plays in 2014 and 2015 when they were a Top 10 offense. It's not like he suddenly forgot how to do that. They have to figure out the reason those play calls didn't work.

Is it because he was somehow distracted by his other coaching duties? That since he had to oversee everything and worry about the flow of the game, the clock, etc., that he lost his feel for the offense? I guess that can't be ruled out. But there's not really a lot of evidence to support that. For one thing, he's not on an island. He does have an offensive coordinator (Mike Sullivan) who has input.

For another, they review things every week. A big complaint from fans was that the Giants used the same sets -- three-receiver formations -- most of the time. That wasn't because McAdoo was distracted or overwhelmed or somehow lost track. That's something they'd see on the film every week and discuss it for six days leading up to each game.



So ask yourself why that happened? It's because of personnel. It's because he had no good tight ends, no fullback. It's because that was, by far, the Giants' most effective personnel group. And look deeper at why McAdoo's plays didn't work. Were they bad calls? You can't say they were bad just because they didn't work. You have to ask why they didn't work.

And for that, look at all the drops. Look at the terrible blocking that killed running plays before the running backs hit the line of scrimmage, or the amount of times Manning was forced to rush his throws. It's not fair to be myopic about this.

In the playoff game in Green Bay alone, McAdoo's play calls should have resulted in touchdowns on the first two drives. But Odell Beckham, Jr. dropped an easy third-down pass on one drive, then Beckham and Sterling Shepard dropped passes in the end zone on the next one.

That wasn't a problem with the play-calling.

That's not to say McAdoo's play-calling was perfect. I would've preferred to see him get more creative with Beckham, who had a lot of catches and yards, but as far as impact had a quiet season. Defenses ganged up on him and maybe they could've done a better job of finding ways to get him open. Of course, it would've helped if Victor Cruz and the tight ends could've gotten open consistently too.

I believe that's the same conclusion McAdoo and the Giants will reach this offseason. That with better personnel on offense and better play overall, McAdoo's calls would've been just fine.

Any idea if the Giants plan to truly address TE or LB? Been reluctant to use high picks on those positions & it shows -- @EddyLongview

I'm not sure if "reluctant" is fair. Remember, last year, linebacker Leonard Floyd was atop their draft wishlist before the Bears jumped over them to grab him. There have been other linebackers they've considered in the past. Same with tight ends, though they've definitely been more reluctant to take those high for a variety of reasons.

Plus, they've tried to address linebacker. They have a couple of promising young players they like in Devon Kennard and B.J. Goodson. They brought in some underrated veterans like Jonathan Casillas, Keenan Robinson, and Kelvin Sheppard. They don't want to overspend on that spot because they are very often in nickel or dime defenses, so they're only using one or two linebackers at a time. That's a reality of today's pass-happy NFL. They'll prioritize a linebacker if he's a pass-rusher, and there aren't a ton of those readily available.

Their reasons for not fully addressing the tight end spot are different. They had a philosophy for a long time that they could develop a good tight end. They got great production out of Kevin Boss, who was a fifth-round pick. They developed Jake Ballard, an undrafted free agent. They got production out of Martellus Bennett, who at the time was a free agent that nobody wanted because he had done nothing with the Cowboys. They even turned Larry Donnell, another undrafted free agent, into a guy who caught 63 passes in 2014 and was on his way to 60-ish in 2015 before he got hurt.

Obviously Donnell regressed and Will Tye has issues with blocking and receiving so that plan has hurt them for the last season and a half. But that's still the reason they haven't spent a high pick on the position -- the feeling that they can develop tight ends.

Anyway, to answer your question about whether they plan to "truly address" the positions, I get the sense they like the linebackers they have, but they are very open to improving at tight end during the offseason. It's hard to say right now if there is a player they'd consider with the 23rd pick in the first round of the draft. There are a few interesting free agents set to hit the market -- Jordan Cameron, Jermaine Gresham, Jared Cook, and Bennett.

It's too early to say for sure, but I wouldn't be surprised if they dip into that free agent pool.


Can JPP and Hankins both be brought back? What will happen with Ereck Flowers? Head here to read Part I of Vacc's mailbag!


Tags: Eli Manning, Jonathan Casillas, Larry Donnell, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Will Tye, Ralph Vacchiano

This is the first installment of Giants position previews for the upcoming 2018 season. This will be an in-depth look at each position heading into training camp that begins on July 25.


The Rundown

Here's a good synopsis of the Giants' offensive line play last season: It was really bad. 

Tags: Adam Bisnowaty, Bobby Hart, Brett Jones, Ereck Flowers, John Jerry, Justin Pugh, Weston Richburg, Scott Thompson
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Sam Beal (18) Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)
Sam Beal (18) Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)

The Giants announced they have agreed to a deal with Western Michigan CB Sam Beal, who they selected in the third round of the 2018 Supplemental Draft. 

Known for his skill in man-to-man coverage, Beal was touted by some as the best prospect to come out of the Supplemental Drat since Browns WR Josh Gordon. At 6-foot-1, 187 pounds, Beal has the prototypical frame that teams love on the outside, and his technique and skill allow him to be able to work in any scheme. 

"We feel like we're getting our third-round pick now," GM Dave Gettleman said in a statement after drafting Beal. "We discussed it at length yesterday, and had a great conversation. We basically had a draft meeting in the office, with people on the speaker phone who had seen him. It was a very thorough conversation.

Tags: Eli Apple, Janoris Jenkins
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New York Giants tight end Evan Engram (88) warms up before an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)
New York Giants tight end Evan Engram (88) warms up before an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)

Giants TE Evan Engram agrees with his former coach Ben McAdoo-- he's glad McAdoo came out and said he thinks that the Giants are going to win the NFC East.

McAdoo broke his public silence since being fired by the team after going 13-15 with one postseason loss in one and a half seasons. Engram, speaking at his camp in New Jersey, was glad McAdoo said what he did. 

"I'm glad he said it. It's really realistic," Engram said...

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This is the first installment of Giants position previews for the upcoming 2018 season. This will be an in-depth look at each position heading into training camp that begins on July 25.


The Rundown

With no upgrade to the offensive line or the running back position -- with the exception of drafting Wayne Gallman out of Clemson -- it was almost expected this unit wasn't going to do much for the Giants last season. 

Tags: Jonathan Stewart, Saquon Barkley, Wayne Gallman, Scott Thompson
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New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo before the start of overtime against the Kansas City Chiefs at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo before the start of overtime against the Kansas City Chiefs at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Ben McAdoo believes his former team will win the NFC East.

The former Giants head coach, who was fired along with GM Jerry Reese midway through the 2017 season, told the New York Post's Paul Schwartz he thinks the Giants improved this past offseason and thinks they can overtake the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles in the division.

"I think Philly, how much success has Philly had?" McAdoo said. "I think they're gonna have a hard time handling success. Dallas, I like their offensive line, but how long have we been saying that? Their defense, they got a bunch of young guys playing DB, Sean Lee is banged up a lot, and their D-line, they got a bunch of guys getting in trouble all the time. And Washington is Washington, right?"

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New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers blocks as Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Robert Ayers rushes during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers blocks as Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Robert Ayers rushes during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Former Giants coach Ben McAdoo criticized offensive lineman Ereck Flowers in an interview with the New York Post's Paul Schwartz, despite defending the former first-round pick as a head coach.

"He can't bend, you got to be able to bend," McAdoo said. "You can run around him on that side just like you can on the other side, Eli [Manning] just gets to see it, which may help Eli. It's not the blind side, it's in his vision, so if he's comfortable with what's going on over on the left side, it can help him move in the pocket a little bit better."

Flowers has been labeled a bust since the GIants drafted him ninth overall in 2015 out of Miami (Fla.). He hasn't been guaranteed a starting spot on New York's new-look offensive line that also features Nate Solder and Will Hernandez, although Flowers will shift from left tackle to right tackle

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Oct 23, 2016; London, ENG; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) talks with head coach Ben McAdoo before the game against the Los Angeles Rams at Twickenham Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Flynn-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Flynn)
Oct 23, 2016; London, ENG; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) talks with head coach Ben McAdoo before the game against the Los Angeles Rams at Twickenham Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Flynn-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Flynn)

After benching fan-favorite QB Eli Manning amid a disastrous season, Giants fan weren't upset to see Ben McAdoo be relieved of his duties. But McAdoo's biggest regret wasn't his unceremonious benching of the Giants legend, it was his handling of star WR Odell Beckham Jr.

Beckham was the team's best player but oft-embroiled in controversy, and McAdoo is regretful of his treatment of the star-- both off the field and on it.

"I needed to be better for him personally, as a coordinator and head coach,'' McAdoo said...

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New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo leaves the field after a game against the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo leaves the field after a game against the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Former Giants head coach Ben McAdoo thinks Jets rookie Sam Darnold has potential to be a "special" quarterback, but said he didn't like his throwing mechanics.

"I think the kid the Jets drafted has a lot of magic in his game,'' McAdoo told the New York Post's Paul Schwartz. "I think he's special. He's obviously a talented guy, he can make plays with his feet. I'd just have a hard time drafting a guy in the first round where you don't necessarily like the way he throws."

Darnold, who played two seasons at USC, threw for 3,086 yards, 31 touchdowns and nine interceptions with five fumbles as a sophomore in 2016. Last season, he threw for more yards (3,787), but fewer touchdowns (26) and more interceptions (12) and fumbles (seven). The turnovers, McAdoo believes, had a negative impact on his perspective.

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This is the first installment of Giants position previews for the upcoming 2018 season. This will be an in-depth look at each position heading into training camp that begins on July 25.


The Rundown

Expectations for the Giants coming into training camp last season were exceptionally high, but there arguably wasn't any higher than the wide receiver position.

Tags: Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Odell Beckham Jr., Roger Lewis, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Tavarres King, Scott Thompson
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Nov 25, 2016; Kalamazoo, MI, USA; Pass interference is called against Western Michigan Broncos defensive back Sam Beal (18) defending a pass intended for Toledo Rockets wide receiver Jon'Vea Johnson (7) during the first half at Waldo Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports  (Patrick Gorski)
Nov 25, 2016; Kalamazoo, MI, USA; Pass interference is called against Western Michigan Broncos defensive back Sam Beal (18) defending a pass intended for Toledo Rockets wide receiver Jon'Vea Johnson (7) during the first half at Waldo Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)

The Giants took highly-touted Western Michigan CB Sam Beal in the Supplemental Draft on Wednesday. It was the first pick in the Supplemental Draft since 2015, and the Giants' first such pick since 1994.

Here's what the experts are saying...

  • The 6-foot-1, 187-pounder not only has plus size, but he displays outstanding movement skills and agility on the perimeter. Beal looks like a natural cover corner on the island with the potential to play in a nose-to-nose position or from distance. He flashes outstanding footwork, balance and body control shadowing receivers while staying in their hip pocket down the field. Beal's discipline and detail in coverage suggest that he could grow into a front-line player in a diverse scheme that features man and zone concepts with a variety of techniques. - Bucky Brooks, NFL.com
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Sep 2, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Western Michigan Broncos defensive back Sam Beal (1) intercepts a pass intended for Southern California Trojans wide receiver Jalen Greene (10) during a NCAA football game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. USC defeated Western Michigan 49-31. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Sep 2, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Western Michigan Broncos defensive back Sam Beal (1) intercepts a pass intended for Southern California Trojans wide receiver Jalen Greene (10) during a NCAA football game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. USC defeated Western Michigan 49-31. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

With the first selection any team has made in the Supplemental Draft since 2015, the Giants took 21-year-old CB Sam Beal, who has been referred to as the best Supplemental Draft prospect ever

The Giants waived cornerback Kenneth Durden to make room on the roster.

For selecting Beal, who played college ball at Western Michigan, the Giants will give up a third-round pick in next June's NFL Draft.

"He's obviously talented," an NFL defensive coordinator told Bleacher Report about Beal. "Long, flexible, fast. He fits the mold of what we want at outside corner."

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Sterling Shepard (87) Eli Manning (10) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sterling Shepard (87) Eli Manning (10) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Giants' offense is spotlighted by star WR Odell Beckham Jr., and with rookie RB Saquon Barkley now in the mix, fans are drooling over this new dynamic duo. 

But QB Eli Manning doesn't want anyone to sleep on WR Sterling Shepard. 

Manning noted that Shepard's performance during the spring hints to a potential breakout season in 2018. 

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Manning on NY's new additions 00:00:48
Giants quarterback Eli Manning discusses his optimistic outlook on the teams' upcoming season.

Giants QB Eli Manning has seen videos of Odell Beckham, Sterling Shepard, and Saquon Barkley working out shirtless -- and he has a few words for his teammates.

"I know they'll have to make some adjustments, we do practice with our shirts on with the Giants," Manning said with a smile at a football camp at Kean University. "Friction and all that, they'll have to make an adjustment the first two weeks, so it might be something new for 'em, might take a little time for them to get used to that. Besides that, I think it's great those guys are together, they're challenging each other and they're getting excited for the upcoming season."

Manning threw 19 touchdowns and 13 interceptions last season as his team stumbled to an injury-plagued 3-13 season. The 37-year-old QB said the new season gives him an opportunity to "kind of prove to yourself you should still be doing this."

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Odell Beckham (13) Eli Manning (10) Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)
Odell Beckham (13) Eli Manning (10) Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

Though he didn't participate in team drills, Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. has resembled his "old self" in the eyes of QB Eli Manning. 

Manning and Beckham worked together during individual drills at the Giants' mandatory minicamp, and the veteran quarterback saw the same speed and agility from his favorite target. It was their first connection in between the hashes since his ankle injury in Week 5 last season.

"Odell looked healthy," Manning told reporters during his appearances at an Offense-Defense Football Camp at Kean University on Monday. "He was running routes full speed, making cuts and seemed to be his old self. So I'm excited about that and that he can go out there and run all the routes. 

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Kirk Cousins (8) Damon Harrison (98) Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Kirk Cousins (8) Damon Harrison (98) Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

EA Sports released its highly-anticipated Madden NFL 19 ratings on Tuesday, and the Giants saw themselves at the bottom of the pack.

Despite some high-profile names on the roster, Big Blue came in rated 73 which is the third-worst ranking in the popular video game. The ratings do change based off team performance throughout the year. 

The highest-rated player on the Giants is WR Odell Beckham Jr., who came in at 95 overall. That makes him the third-best receiver in the game behind Steelers' Antonio Brown, who has a nearly perfect rating of 99, and Falcons' Julio Jones' 98 rating...

Tags: Damon Harrison, Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Janoris Jenkins, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Saquon Barkley
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Who rated higher than Eli? 00:00:28
Check out which quarterbacks rated higher than Giants quarterback Eli Manning in EA Sports Madden 19.

The highly-anticipated Madden 19 rankings have dropped, and Giants fans may get ticked off to see where their veteran QB Eli Manning ranks among his peers. 

Madden has Manning as an overall 76 ranking, which makes him 36th among qualifying quarterbacks. Also, ranked with an overall 76 is Colts QB Jacoby Brissett, who completed his first full NFL season as a starter after filling in for Andrew Luck in 2017. 

Last season, Manning was ranked an 80 when the Madden 18 rankings were released. As they update them throughout the season based on performance, he ended up with an overall 77 by Week 17...

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Odell Beckham (13) Sterling Shepard (87) Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports (William Hauser)
Odell Beckham (13) Sterling Shepard (87) Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports (William Hauser)

Does team bonding get any better than doing farmer walks up a driveway in the LA heat? 

Well, that's exactly what Giants wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard as well as rookie RB Saquon Barkley were spotted doing on Sunday.

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning celebrates with the the Vince Lombardi Trophy after the Giants' 21-17 win over the New England Patriots in the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) (Chris O'Meara/AP)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning celebrates with the the Vince Lombardi Trophy after the Giants' 21-17 win over the New England Patriots in the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) (Chris O'Meara/AP)

You can own an invaluable piece of Giants' history-- for the right price.

Eli Manning's Super Bowl XLII-winning helmet is up for auction, the one he wore while leading the Giants to a 17-14 victory over the previously unbeaten Patriots. But, as you might imagine, it ain't cheap.

"This is a very significant piece," said Goldin Auctions president Ken Goldin, via ESPN. "Bidding for this will definitely surpass $130,000." ...

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

A former NFL agent believes Giants WR Odell Beckham "would probably be better off" signing a three-year extension with the team in order to maximize his chances of making even more money once he is a 28-year-old free agent.

Joel Corry, who is an NFL business analyst for CBS Sports, sees that three-year extension being worth $55 million, with $40 million guaranteed.

"If his first three years are any indication of what he's going to be down the road, he'd reap the benefit of the market changing,'' said Corry, who represented NFL players, per the New York Post. "Julio Jones did the five-year extension, and he's unhappy with his deal right now. Maybe Beckham should look at the Julio Jones situation and not do the conventional five-year deal. Be able to get another bite of the apple when he's truly hitting his prime.''

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during the third quarter of the NFL football game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Giants at New Meadowlands Stadium, Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
during the third quarter of the NFL football game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Giants at New Meadowlands Stadium, Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

Former Giants and Redskins defensive linemen Barry Cofield was arrested in Lake Mary on early Tuesday morning. Cofield was found passed out behind the wheel of his Cadillac around 2:30 a.m. on Interstate 4 in Florida. 

Cofield, who started at least 15 games in every season from 2006 to 2013, was charged with possession of heroin, fleeing and eluding, and aggravated assault on a police officer according the Orlando Sentinel.

After refusing to exit his vehicle, authorities found two small bags of red powdery substance. These small bags, which were in his pocket, tested positive for heroin.

 

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Jan. 30, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; President Donald Trump delivers the State of the Union address from the House chamber of the United States Capitol. Mandatory Credit: Jack Gruber-USA TODAY (Jack Gruber)
Jan. 30, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; President Donald Trump delivers the State of the Union address from the House chamber of the United States Capitol. Mandatory Credit: Jack Gruber-USA TODAY (Jack Gruber)

President Donald Trump, who last season referred to NFL players who kneel in protest during the anthem as "sons of bitches," wondered aloud Thursday if the league's new policy is worse than the old one. Trump also bashed NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, and claimed ratings are down in part because of "the flag."

"If you don't respect the flag or you don't like the country or whatever it is just go into the locker room," Trump said, according to Yahoo! Sports. "Just go into the locker room. I think in many respects that's worse. Isn't that worse than having them not standing?"

Under the new anthem policy, all team and league personnel on the field must "stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem." Personnel who choose not to stand for the anthem may stay in the locker room or a similar location off the field until its conclusion...

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Running back Saquon Barkley poses for photos during a news conference, Saturday, April 28, 2018, in East Rutherford, N.J. Barkley was selected as the number two overall pick in the NFL football draft by the New York Giants. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)  (Julie Jacobson/AP)
Running back Saquon Barkley poses for photos during a news conference, Saturday, April 28, 2018, in East Rutherford, N.J. Barkley was selected as the number two overall pick in the NFL football draft by the New York Giants. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) (Julie Jacobson/AP)

Giants RB Saquon Barkley has a lot of expectations on his shoulders. 

Barkley is the favorite to win Rookie of the Year, he's expected to help lead the Giants back to the playoffs, extend Eli Manning's career and almost single-handily rescue a Giants rushing attack that finished 26th in the league in rushing yards.

As such, EA Sports Madden '19 has released their top rookie ratings and predictably has Barkley in the top five, though surprisingly not number one. He's second with an 82 rating, trailing only Colts G Quenton Nelson (83). He is ahead of Browns QB and No. 1 pick Baker Mayfield (81). Bears LB Roquan Smith (81) and Broncos DE Bradley Chubb (80) round out the rookie top five. 

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Jason Pierre-Paul responds to questions after practice. (AP)
Jason Pierre-Paul responds to questions after practice. (AP)

Three years ago on the Fourth of July, Jason Pierre-Paul's life changed. He's now focused on ensuring it doesn't happen to anyone else.

On this year's Fourth, he shared a graphic image on Instagram of his hand from the hospital. Warning: the image may be disturbing.

The former Giants star accompanied the photo with a heartfelt message...

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Nov 19, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants corner back Janoris Jenkins (20) runs back an interception against the Kansas City Chiefs during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 19, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants corner back Janoris Jenkins (20) runs back an interception against the Kansas City Chiefs during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Giants CB Janoris Jenkins opened up on Thursday about his friend who was found dead last month at his New Jersey home. 

Jenkins' older brother has been charged with manslaughter and is in custody. 

Click below for Jenkins' comments...

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. (Brace Hemmelgarn/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. (Brace Hemmelgarn/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. is continuing to rehab his ankle in Los Angeles. But, after watching his latest workout video, it doesn't look like any rehabbing needs to still be done. 

Beckham was seen running routes at UCLA and based off his cuts, speed, and of course, ridiculous catch, No. 13 appears to be fully ready for training camp.

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Landon Collins (21) Andrew Adams (33) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Landon Collins (21) Andrew Adams (33) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The phrase, "They won't know what hit 'em," is perfect to describe defensive coordinator James Bettcher's system for the Giants next season. 

Bettcher's 3-4 scheme is one of mystery and disguise, designed to keep opposing offenses guessing as to what type of defense the Giants are running. It worked with the Cardinals during his tenure there, and he is hoping for even more success with a promising, young defense in the Giants. 

One of those youngsters is S Andrew Adams, who will battle for the starting position next to All-Pro S Landon Collins again in training camp. And though it may sound confusing, he had only one way to describe Bettcher's scheme...

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Check out Odell Beckham Jr. taking batting practice at Yankee Stadium on Friday before the Bronx Bombers take on the Red Sox.

Giants star wideout Odell Beckham, Jr. can do it all. 

Beckham took batting practice at Yankee Stadium prior to Friday night's Yankees/Red Sox tilt, and hit a homer to left field. 

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) during the team's NFL football organized activities, Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in East Rutherford, N.J.. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger) 
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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) during the team's NFL football organized activities, Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in East Rutherford, N.J.. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger) (Adam Hunger/AP)

Right after the Giants drafted Saquon Barkley in April, Odell Beckham, Jr. made a prediction.

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May 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley catches a pass during rookie minicamp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center on Friday. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY SPORTS  (Danielle Parhizkaran)
May 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley catches a pass during rookie minicamp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center on Friday. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY SPORTS (Danielle Parhizkaran)

Though he has the NFL's best-selling jersey since April and is projected to earn $31.5 million from his rookie deal, Giants running back Saquon Barkley said he is going to try to spend like Marshawn Lynch and live solely on endorsement deals.

"Once I realized when I declared for the NFL draft and kind of realized where I was going to be drafted," Barkley said on Thursday, according to ESPN's Jordan Raanan, "that was something I was like, 'You know what? Kind of want to follow the Marshawn Lynch method. I don't want to touch that. I want to invest it, put it in the right peoples' hands and learn as I continue to make investments. And just live off the endorsement deals.' "

Lynch has earned more than $52 million from NFL contracts, according to Spotrac, but NFL Network's Ian Rapaport said two years ago that the current Raiders running back "hasn't spent a dime of his actual playing money ... ever," instead spending money from his endorsement deals with Nike, Pepsi and Skittles, among other companies.

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May 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants rookie running back Saquon Barkley speaks to a reporter before rookie minicamp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY SPORTS (Danielle Parhizkaran)
May 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants rookie running back Saquon Barkley speaks to a reporter before rookie minicamp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY SPORTS (Danielle Parhizkaran)

No. 2 is No. 1 (again).

Giants rookie RB Saquon Barkley has the best-selling jersey in the NFL at another outlet. First, it was according to the DICK's Sporting Goods Jersey Report, now the official NFL shop announced that they sold more No. 26 Barkley jerseys than anyone else in the league between April and mid-June.

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May 21, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) during organized team activities practice at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 21, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) during organized team activities practice at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Giants will get things going when training camp opens up on July 26 at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.

There will be nine practices open to the public and free. Scope the full schedule below:

Thursday, July 26: 2:45 p.m. - Practice
Friday, July 27: 2:45 p.m. - Practice
Saturday, July 28: 2:45 p.m. - Practice
Sunday, July 29: 2:45 p.m. - Practice
Monday, July 30: 2:45 p.m. - Practice
Wednesday, August 1: 2:45 p.m. - Practice
Thursday, August 2: 10:30 a.m. - Practice
Friday, August 3: 10:30 a.m. - Practice
Tuesday, August 7: 10:30 a.m. - Practice (End of Public Training Camp practices)

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Former Giants QB Phil Simms badly wants the Giants to re-sign Odell Beckham -- and he wants them to "get it over with."

Simms, who was named MVP of Super Bowl XXI after completing 22 of 25 passes for 268 yards and three touchdowns, said Beckham is among the best offensive weapons in the NFL.

"Antonio Brown is great, but he's a different type of player. So is Julio Jones," Simms told the New York Post. "I just look at Odell Beckham Jr. and, man, I don't know what to say."

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The DNL crew discusses the news of a dead body being found in the home of Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins, while he was in Florida.

There was a dead body found in Giants CB Janoris Jenkins' New Jersey home on Tuesday, and Jenkins' older brother has been charged with manslaughter and is in custody, according to the Bergen County prosecutor's office.  

The victim was indentified as 25-year-old Roosevelt Rene, who the Bergen County Prosecutor's office described as Jenkins' "family friend." Rene, who is also known as music producer Trypps Beatz, has many photos with Jenkins on his Instagram account.

NFL Network's Mike Garafolo, citing law enforcement sources, reported that police "are investigating a possible stragulation/suffocation" as the cause of death.

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Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. has seen some bad spotlight on and off the field. In turn, public perception of the 25-year-old's character hasn't been squeaky clean. 

However, QB Davis Webb says Beckham's personality is entirely misconstrued because of these instances. 

"If you're around Odell, your percetion changes totally," Webb told NJ.com's Ryan Dunleavy. "He's a very intellectual human being. He's easy to talk to. You can talk to him about everything from music, to food, to E! News. It doesn't matter. He's always having a lot of fun, always dancing, always singing."

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To all NFL Fans, they would say their team's faithful are the best in the league. However, Dr. Michael Lewis of Emory's Goizueta Business School created a statistical model to calculate exactly which fan base is the best in the NFL.

Lewis' model has three different factors that go into the calculation. First, there is "Fan Equity" that calculates how much fans spend on their team, both in tickets and apparel. Next, there is "Social Equity" which totals fans following their team on social media, and that is followed by "Road Equity" which calculates fans traveling with their team on the road. 

Based off Lewis' model, the Giants come in a No. 4 on the list of the 32 NFL teams. 

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He is a top Giants wide receiver coming off an ankle injury with a contract situation looming over the team's head. Ring any bells?

Though the answer is certainly Odell Beckham Jr., former Giants WR Plaxico Burress is correct as well.

Back in 2008 when he was Eli Manning's top target, Burress was in the exact position Beckham is currently in this offseason. Burress had a longer contract with three years and $10 million still left on it, but he wanted a new, more lucrative deal before taking the field that season in case of another injury. 

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. (Brace Hemmelgarn/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. (Brace Hemmelgarn/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was ranked among the best route runners in the NFL, according to Pro Football Focus' Michael Renner.

Beckham was one of four players graded as an honorable mention to the Steelers' Antonio Brown as the best route runners in the league. Joining Beckham were the Bengals' A.J. Green and the Vikings' Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs.

Though Beckham is known more for his prolific one-handed catches, Pro Football Focus notes Beckham's wide receiver rating is 36.1 points above average on his double-move routes.

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May 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants rookie running back Saquon Barkley speaks to a reporter before rookie minicamp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY SPORTS (Danielle Parhizkaran)
May 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants rookie running back Saquon Barkley speaks to a reporter before rookie minicamp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY SPORTS (Danielle Parhizkaran)

Giants rookie RB Saquon Barkley was among this year's group of athletes to be featured in ESPN the Magazine's Body Issue

The 21-year-old first-rounder showed off his physique, which has been in the spotlight since his Penn State days. Barkley's workouts, including a 405-pound power clean, went viral as fans marveled at his strength. 

But, when asked about his favorite workout moment, Barkley didn't say one of the moments where he broke a personal best. Instead, it was a rare moment he couldn't get the weight up. 

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Dec 31, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) passes the ball against the Washington Redskins during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Dec 31, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) passes the ball against the Washington Redskins during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Giants QB Eli Manning has stated numerous times that his walk into the sunset isn't anytime soon. 

Manning reiterated that fact when talking about the next two seasons, after which he will become a free agent. And when looking at the weapons he has to work with this season, Manning not only believes his run hasn't ended, but a Super Bowl isn't too far away either. 

"Obviously it has been an unbelievable run, but I want to continue doing it. It's not over," Manning told NFL Network's Kim Jones. "I know that. ...I'm excited for this upcoming year and really prove that I can still play at a high level. We can win games. We can win championships."

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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)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: The Giants have high expectations for a big, bounce-back season, which means they'll head to training camp this summer with plenty of optimism. Camp begins on July 25 when the full team reports, though rookies, quarterbacks, and injured players will come in a few days earlier, on July 22.

Here is Part 2 of what to look forward to when Giants training camp begins...

An aggressive, happy defense

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: The Giants have high expectations for a big, bounce-back season, which means they'll head to training camp this summer with plenty of optimism. Camp begins on July 25 when the full team reports, though rookies, quarterbacks, and injured players will come in a few days earlier, on July 22.

Here is Part 1 of what to look forward to when Giants training camp begins, which will be followed by Part 2 on Friday...

A healthy and motivated Odell Beckham, Jr.

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham looks on before a play against the Los Angeles Chargers during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham looks on before a play against the Los Angeles Chargers during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)

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Odell Beckham, Jr. promised he won't hold out, but sources in his camp insist a holdout is still on the table. Pat Shurmur said he expects Beckham will show up to camp on time, but team sources say they're not so sure about that. Beckham wants a new contract, but there's no indication he'll get one any time soon. And there are still five weeks to go until the Giants report for training camp, and any of that could change at any time.

So while you're biting your nails for the next few weeks wondering if the Giants' best player will show up or not, and pondering just how ugly his contract negotiations could get (or not), here's a primer on where everything stands with Beckham, the Giants, and his contract as of right now, and a look at where this whole thing may eventually go...

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May 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley catches a pass during rookie minicamp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center on Friday. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY SPORTS  (Danielle Parhizkaran)
May 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley catches a pass during rookie minicamp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center on Friday. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY SPORTS (Danielle Parhizkaran)

The No. 2 pick is No. 1.

Giants rookie RB Saquon Barkley has the best-selling jersey in the NFL, according to the DICK's Sporting Goods Jersey Report.

Barkley has held the top spot for the week and last month. Eagles QB Carson Wentz is No.2, with Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott No.3. Jets rookie QB Sam Darnold checks in at No. 8. 

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Evan Engram (Ron Chenoy)
Evan Engram (Ron Chenoy)

There wasn't much to critique when looking back at Giants TE Evan Engram's rookie season. He was one of Eli Manning's top targets as he hauled in 64 receptions for 722 yards and six touchdowns, which earned him a spot on the PFWA's All-Rookie Team. 

But no one is perfect, and Engram knows there is an area of his game he can improve on. Though he led all rookie tight ends in receptions, yards and touchdowns, he could have more in each category if he didn't drop 11 passes. 

Engram's catch rate was 55 percent last season, and that is what he is working on in preparing for this year. It already began during the team's offseason workouts.

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Eli Manning (10) Davis Webb (5) Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

This offseason, Giants QB Davis Webb's personality has been on full display. 

During practice at the Giants' three-day mandatory minicamp this past week, Webb slung a pass toward TE Kyle Carter who was in one-on-one coverage. And before the ball even reached its peak in the air, he knew it was destined for a score. 

"That's six!," he yelled for The Post's Paul Schwartz and the rest watching practice to hear. 

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May 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants rookie running back Saquon Barkley speaks to a reporter before rookie minicamp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY SPORTS (Danielle Parhizkaran)
May 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants rookie running back Saquon Barkley speaks to a reporter before rookie minicamp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY SPORTS (Danielle Parhizkaran)

Giants RB Saquon Barkley will be one of many athletes to appear in ESPN The Magazine's annual Body Issue this year. 

Barkley is another Giants' first-rounder that agreed to be in the issue, as Odell Beckham Jr. was a part of the 2015 Body Issue. The Penn State product is also the only New York athlete that will be featured. 

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Giants RB Jonathan Stewart has an idea of the conversations star WR Odell Beckham Jr. will have regarding his highly-anticipated contract extension with GM Dave Gettleman. He's been there before. 

While playing with the Panthers under Gettleman, Stewart saw his five-year, $36.5 million contract he signed in 2012 get restructured three times (2013, 2014, 2017). And during this process, Stewart knew that it was simply business done by Gettleman to help the team. 

So, Stewart's advice to Beckham is to continue working hard, and to only control the things he can control. 

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He may be only 25 years old, but Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. is entering his fifth year in the NFL. And with that experience, he has taken it upon himself to act as a leader.

The Giants have been impressed by how Beckham is embracing all the new faces in the locker room, with one coach simply saying, "Odell's been awesome," according to SI's Albert Breer.

Beckham's leadership in the locker room and making new players feel at home can be added to the things he has done right this offseason ahead of a potential contract extension. He has showed up for some of the Giants' voluntary offseason workout program, has been talking to head coach Pat Shurmur all offseason, and most importantly, didn't hold out of the team's three-day minicamp this past week.

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Dec 4, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) runs the ball against New York Giants cornerback Trevin Wade (31) during the second half at Heinz Field. The Steelers won the game, 24-14. (Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports)
Dec 4, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) runs the ball against New York Giants cornerback Trevin Wade (31) during the second half at Heinz Field. The Steelers won the game, 24-14. (Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports)

Perhaps Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. can be the franchise's next quarterback if need be.

At his youth camp on Sunday, the Giants' star receiver showed he's not only an expert at catching the ball, but also at throwing it.

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