(Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports)
(Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports)

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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

 (Ron Chenoy)
(Ron Chenoy)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | ArchiveThe most important football game for New York will not take place at the Meadowlands on Sunday. It will take place 2,800 miles away at the Los Angeles Coliseum, where the future of one or both of the New York teams may be on display Saturday night.

And yes, both the Giants and Jets will both have scouts in the press box watching UCLA take on USC - along with 18 other NFL teams. Their eyes will be fixed on Bruins quarterback Josh Rosen and Trojans quarterback Sam Darnold - the odds-on favorites to be the first and second picks of the 2018 draft.

The Jets, of course, are desperate to find their franchise quarterback. And the Giants are searching for the heir to their 36-year-old quarterback Eli Manning. Right now, the Giants seem to be in the best position to grab the quarterback they desire. But a few more losses over the final six games, and perhaps a trade up, and the Jets could be in position, too.

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) warms up before an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) warms up before an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)

THE GAME

The Kansas City Chiefs (6-3) vs. the Giants (1-8) at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J. on Sunday, Nov. 19 at 1 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER

It could be worse. The forecast calls for a game-time temperature right up around 50, though it'll feel colder thanks to partly cloudy skies and a brisk, 20 miles-per-hour wind.

Tags: Evan Engram, Janoris Jenkins, Kansas City Chiefs, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo (Bill Kostroun/AP)
New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo (Bill Kostroun/AP)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - There are four home games remaining for the Giants -- including three in December -- and not many reasons for Giants fans to show up. But Ben McAdoo issued a plea to come on out to MetLife Stadium on Sunday anyway.

And he promised that anyone who pays to watch the 1-8 Giants take on the 6-3 Chiefs won't be disappointed that they did.

"We want your support," the embattled coach said on Friday, when asked what he'd say to fans who weren't sure they wanted to attend. "Come out, watch a great show. We plan on playing great football on Sunday and getting a win."

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East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants offensive tackle Chad Wheeler (63) (Brad Penner)
East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants offensive tackle Chad Wheeler (63) (Brad Penner)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Injuries and ineffectiveness have turned the Giants' struggling offensive line into a carousel of personnel this season. And now a rookie might be getting his first ride.

Chad Wheeler, an undrafted rookie out of USC, might be the starting right tackle when the Giants take on the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday afternoon. With Justin Pugh out with a back injury and Bobby Hart having been ineffective most of the season, the Giants seem ready to turn to the 6-7, 312-pound Wheeler.

And he certainly sounds ready if they do...

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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)

The Giants ruled offensive lineman Justin Pugh and linebacker B.J. Goodson out for Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs due to back and ankle injuries, respectively.

New York also listed defensive tackle Damon Harrison (ankle) and linebacker Devon Kennard (quad) questionable, while linebacker Kelvin Sheppard is doubtful to play due to a groin injury.

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Damon Harrison, Devon Kennard, Eli Apple, Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Pugh
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Beckham Jr. back with Giants 00:05:35
Pat Leonard reports from Giants practice where Odell Beckham Jr. returned to the team and Eli Apple was excused from practice.

A lot of the talk surrounding the Giants in recent weeks has been more about off-field conduct and team meetings, but Eli Manning isn't too concerned. He says the meetings are business as usual in the NFL.

After being on the losing end of the 49ers first win of the season, the 1-8 Giants now have the joint second-fewest wins in the league, bettering only the winless Browns, sparking team meetings.

"I thought the meeting was great and right to the point, knowing that we got to play better football," said Manning. When asked if it was the meeting was a necessity at this stage of the season, Manning said: "I think all meetings have to be had, so that's just part of football..."

Tags: Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Sterling Shepard
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GEICO SportsNite: Jenkins 00:05:04
The Football Night in New York crew break down Janoris Jenkins' comments on his effort and discuss if the team should release him or not.

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: Players like to say that the film doesn't lie. But to Janoris Jenkins, the truth about his film from Sunday is open to interpretation.

Because while almost anyone who watched his performance in the Giants' 31-21 loss in San Francisco questioned his effort, and some even suggested he quit, Jenkins saw something completely different.

"I played to the best of my ability," the Giants cornerback said on Thursday. "It wasn't like lack of effort. I just think it was lack of technique."

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Ben McAdoo (Bill Kostroun/AP)
Ben McAdoo (Bill Kostroun/AP)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - When the Giants owners held their fire on Ben McAdoo this week and announced they would re-evaluate everything at the end of the season, New Year's Day became a key day on the team calendar. That's the day after the end of the regular season -- and the day McAdoo would be fired.

Maybe.

Even though it feels inevitable, and is being reported as virtually a done deal, the truth is John Mara and Steve Tisch have not definitively made up their mind on the future of McAdoo and the franchise yet. Most team sources believe McAdoo will be fired, but they simultaneously warn that there is a lot of time left for that to change...

Tags: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Janoris Jenkins, Odell Beckham Jr., Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison hitting practice dummy during mini camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (William Hauser/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison hitting practice dummy during mini camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (William Hauser/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants DT Damon Harrison (ankle) returned to practice on a limited basis on Thursday after missing practice on Wednesday.

CB Donte Deayon (ankle), G D.J. Fluker (knee), LB Devon Kennard (quad), LB Calvin Munson (quad), DE Jason Pierre-Paul (knee), and DT Dalvin Tomlinson (ankle) were also limited participants.

LB B.J. Goodson (ankle), OL Justin Pugh (back), and LB Kelvin Sheppard (groin) all missed practice for a second-straight day.

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Dalvin Tomlinson, Damon Harrison, Devon Kennard, D.J. Fluker, Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Pugh
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New York Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon tries to tackle Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Jacquizz Rodgers during the first quarter at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon tries to tackle Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Jacquizz Rodgers during the first quarter at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Not only did Ben McAdoo have a team meeting on Wednesday, but the Giants' defense held a players-only meeting to figure out their own problems. 

The defense has looked like a shell of itself from last season as it has consistently dropped the ball the past few weeks. They have allowed a total 82 points in the last two weeks, and after allowing over 400 yards per game this season, they are ranked 31st in total defense. 

Similar to McAdoo's meeting, effort was a main area discussed in the meeting. Every player was allowed to speak, and things were spirited in the discussions. 

Tags: Damon Harrison, Devon Kennard, Jason Pierre-Paul, Jonathan Casillas, Olivier Vernon
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Sep 18, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) runs out of the pocket to avoid New York Giants outside linebacker Jonathan Casillas (52) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Sep 18, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) runs out of the pocket to avoid New York Giants outside linebacker Jonathan Casillas (52) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

The Giants lost to the 49ers on Sunday, 31-21, to fall to 1-8 on the season. Here's what's going on today...

Need to Know

The Giants practice at the Quest Diagnostics Training Facility on Thursday

Ben McAdoo held a team meeting on Wednesday >> WATCH

Keep an eye on SNY Giants throughout the day for the latest news, notes, and opinon on Big Blue...

Tags: Jonathan Casillas, Scott Thompson
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Oct 22, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo reacts during the second quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 22, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo reacts during the second quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - There is plenty of doubt swirling around Ben McAdoo right now - doubt about his team, about his abilities as a head coach, about whether he'll still be a head coach after this season.

But McAdoo had a simple answer when he was asked on Wednesday if any self-doubt has started to creep in.

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GEICO SportsNite: McAdoo meeting 00:02:13
Ralph Vacchiano reports from Giants practice where head coach Ben McAdoo discussed the team meeting he had with his players on Wednesday.

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Ben McAdoo held what he called a "brutally honest" team meeting on Wednesday. He showed film clips of both the offense and defense to everyone, including a few when specific players seemed to lack the "desire" - to use his word - to finish plays.

The players swear they got the message. They said it was eye-opening to see so many bad plays on film. They said McAdoo's accompanying words were direct and harsh, and they took them to heart.

Tags: D.J. Fluker, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Janoris Jenkins, Ralph Vacchiano
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McAdoo holds team meeting 00:03:54
Pat Leonard joins Daily News Live to discuss Ben McAdoo's decision to hold a team meeting and watch film from the Giants' losses.

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)

LB B.J. Goodson (ankle), DT Damon Harrison (ankle), OL Justin Pugh (back), LB Kelvin Sheppard (groin) all missed Giants practice on Wednesday.

CB Donte Deayon (ankle), G D.J. Fluker (knee), LB Devon Kennard (quad), LB Calvin Munson (quad), DE Jason Pierre-Paul (knee), and DT Dalvin Tomlinson (ankle) were all limited participants.

Pugh will be out for the team's matchup against the Chiefs this Sunday, per NFLN's Ian Rapoport.

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Dalvin Tomlinson, Damon Harrison, Devon Kennard, D.J. Fluker, Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Pugh
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New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo, right, talks to team owner John Mara during NFL football practice, Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)
New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo, right, talks to team owner John Mara during NFL football practice, Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - It has been more than 41 years now since the Giants fired Bill Arnsparger seven games (and seven losses) into the 1976 season. It was the last time Giants ownership changed coaches midseason. And on Monday, co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch made it clear they have no plans to do it again now.

When they did, with their statement of "support" for the embattled Ben McAdoo, they essentially ignored the mob with the fire and pitchforks gathering outside the gates of MetLife Stadium. They put aside their own anger at what they called this "extremely disappointing season" and the "inexcusable and frustrating" performance the last two weeks. And Mara suppressed what we know from his past statements is his own inner urge to fire everyone in the middle of disasters like this.

They also put off what seems to be inevitable -- the firing of McAdoo and the reset of a franchise that has clearly lost its way.

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 (Jonathan Dyer)
(Jonathan Dyer)

Yesterday, I came across the thought that Odell Beckham, Jr. is the reason this Giants team has gone from good to god awful. It might have been the funniest thing I've read in a long time. 

Are we really going to blame the Miami boat trip from last season as the reason this Giants team has fallen into the biggest hole in recent history? And we're going to blame a man who broke his ankle in Week 5 -- who has zero impact on the outcome of games from that point forward -- as the reason players haven't been giving maximum effort on the field? 

It's laughable. 

Tags: Odell Beckham Jr., Scott Thompson
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Oct 1, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants offensive guard Justin Pugh (67) blocks as Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Noah Spence (57) rushes during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Oct 1, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants offensive guard Justin Pugh (67) blocks as Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Noah Spence (57) rushes during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Giants G Justin Pugh will be out with a back injury for the team's matchup against the Chiefs, per NFLN's Ian Rapoport. 

Pugh sustained the injury against the 49ers on Sunday as he exited the game and didn't return. It looks to be a week-to-week injury, and could sideline the veteran guard for a few weeks. 

It will be a huge loss to the Giants as Pugh served as a versatile asset that could play anywhere on the line. He becomes the second starter next to C Weston Richburg to miss time this season. 

The Giants signed G John Greco on Monday to fill Pugh's void.  

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

The Giants lost to the 49ers on Sunday, 31-21, to fall to 1-8 on the season. Here's what's going on today...

Need to Know

The Giants return to practice after recovering from their West Coast trip. 

Kickers Andrew Franks and Jason Myers worked out for the team on Tuesday >> Read more

Tags: Eli Manning, Justin Pugh, Odell Beckham Jr., Scott Thompson
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Jacksonville Jaguars kicker Jason Myers (Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports)
Jacksonville Jaguars kicker Jason Myers (Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports)

The Giants worked out kickers Jason Myers and Andrew Franks on Tuesday, according to Sirius XM's Adam Caplan.

Myers, whom the Jacksonville Jaguars released earlier this season, was 11-for-15 in six games this season. He made all five attempts between 40 and 49 yards in his third professional season, but has missed all three attempts from beyond 50 this season. He has converted on 15 of 17 extra points.

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New York Giants linebacker Keenan Robinson tackles Denver Broncos wide receiver Jordan Taylor in the fourth quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants linebacker Keenan Robinson tackles Denver Broncos wide receiver Jordan Taylor in the fourth quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Giants placed linebacker Keenan Robinson on injured reserve on Tuesday and signed linebacker Akeem Ayers and offensive guard John Greco, the team announced.

Robinson, 28, recorded 32 combined tackles and two passes defensed in six games this season before he suffered a season-ending quad injury in New York's game against the Los Angeles Rams on Nov. 5.

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GEICO SportsNite: FNNY on Giants 00:03:50
The Football Night in New York panel discusses John Mara's decision to keep Ben McAdoo as the head coach for the rest of the 2017 season.

Giants ownership has stuck up for head coach Ben McAdoo all season, and it continued with their official statement reiterating they will not make any in-season changes with their staff. 

So, now that McAdoo knows he will be the coach for the last seven games of the season, his focus is entirely on getting the Giants out of their rut in any way he can. During his weekly conference call with reporters, McAdoo says only time will tell if Giants ownership having his back will help get his team some wins. 

"I don't know. Only time will tell," McAdoo said. "We'll have to see how everybody responds, but again, my focus is as it always is. It's on the week of preparation and trying to put a good plan together and help these coaches and players in any way I can putting a good product on the field and finding a way to get better."

Tags: Janoris Jenkins, Jonathan Casillas, Scott Thompson
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 (Stan Szeto)
(Stan Szeto)

The Giants have announced they promoted WR Kalif Raymond to the 53-man roster.

Raymond, who signed with the Broncos as an undrafted free agent in 2016, was on the Jets' roster to start the season. However, the Jets waived him at the end of Septemeber. The Giants would pick him up on their practice squad where he has been since. 

The Holy Cross product has only seen return time in regular season play as he notched 38 yards on five attempts with the Jets. 

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 (Sergio Estrada)
(Sergio Estrada)

The Giants lost to the 49ers on Sunday, 31-21, to fall to 1-8 on the season. Here's what's going on today...

Need to Know

The Giants give the 49ers their first win of the season in 31-21 loss on the road >> Recap here

Keep an eye on SNY Giants throughout the day for the latest news, notes, and opinon on Big Blue...

Tags: Davis Webb, Eli Manning, Scott Thompson
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New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo (Bill Kostroun/AP)
New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo (Bill Kostroun/AP)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | ArchiveWith a storm of chaos and losses swirling around their franchise, the Giants owners made it clear on Monday that Ben McAdoo is still their head coach and almost certainly will be for the rest of this miserable season.

But their statement of "support" of the embattled McAdoo clearly only lasts until Jan. 1, 2018.

That's the day after the end of what Giants co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch admitted in a statement has been "an extremely disappointing" season so far. Their Giants are 1-8, coming off back-to-back "inexcusable and frustrating" losses, including the disaster in San Francisco on Sunday where the previously winless 49ers beat them 31-21.

Tags: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Janoris Jenkins, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Mark J. Rebilas)
(Mark J. Rebilas)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive

Ben McAdoo was high on the list of endangered head coaches even before the debacle in San Francisco on Sunday. It seems a lock that he will be fired at the end of the season now.

Chances are Giants co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch know it, too. And chances are they've already begun thinking at least a little bit about who they'll hire to replace him. In fact, Mara has said in the past that he's always eyeing potential head coaching candidates, just in case. So he probably already has a list...

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 (Sergio Estrada)
(Sergio Estrada)

Janoris Jenkins had his worst outing as a Giant on Sunday, and he didn't want to talk about it to reporters after the game. 

Jenkins, who returned from his suspenion for not showing up on time following the bye week, looked lost on Levi's Stadium. He was picked on all game long, and was held accountable for two, big touchdown passes by the 49ers. 

After his dismal performance, reporters wanted to get a word as to why Jenkins faltered so much on Sunday. "I'll be back," is all they got from him as he walked out of the locker room and never returned. He was the only secondary player to not talk to reporters. 

Tags: Janoris Jenkins, Jonathan Casillas, Olivier Vernon
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 (Kyle Terada)
(Kyle Terada)

After losing to the previously winless 49ers on Sunday, the Giants need to take a good, long look in the mirror according to RT Justin Pugh

It was an embarrassing loss for the Giants as they gave the 49ers their first win of the season. It hasn't been good for the Giants all season long, and after this loss in particular, Pugh knows that performance from here on out will determine if a player has a job next season. 

"Everybody's gotta do their jobs better or we'll be looking for new jobs," Pugh told the Daily News' Pat Leonard. "I mean, you lost to an 0-9 team. We're 1-8, so I guess you could say we're on the same level. But we're different. They're rebuilding. We're a different team. We should have won today. So we need to take a hard look in the mirror and figure it out because in this business, games like this, seasons like this do not help your job security."

Tags: Jonathan Casillas, Justin Pugh
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 (Sergio Estrada)
(Sergio Estrada)

The Giants lost to the 49ers on Sunday, 31-21, to fall to 1-8 on the season. Here's what's going on today...

Need to Know

The Giants give the 49ers their first win of the season in 31-21 loss on the road >> Recap here

Keep an eye on SNY Giants throughout the day for the latest news, notes, and opinon on Big Blue...

Tags: Davis Webb, Scott Thompson
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 (Sergio Estrada)
(Sergio Estrada)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: Everything everyone knows about the Giants and John Mara indicates he's not going to make a rash decision on his coach. He doesn't want to fire a coach in-season. He especially doesn't want to do it when he's angry.

But this may be the angriest he's ever been.

That's certainly the way he looked from high up in Levi's Stadium in San Francisco as the cameras caught him watching another inexplicable, inexcusable defeat. The Giants were humiliated by the previously winless 49ers, 31-21 on Sunday. That came on the heels of a 51-17 embarrassment at home against the Los Angeles Rams last Sunday. That's 82-38 in two weeks, and some pretty convincing evidence on film that some of his defensive players have quit.

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November 12, 2017; Santa Clara, CA, USA; New York Giants tight end Evan Engram (88) catches a touchdown pass against San Francisco 49ers strong safety Eric Reid (35) during the second quarter at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)
November 12, 2017; Santa Clara, CA, USA; New York Giants tight end Evan Engram (88) catches a touchdown pass against San Francisco 49ers strong safety Eric Reid (35) during the second quarter at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)

The Giants looked lost in San Francisco as they gave the 49ers their first win of the season in a 31-21 loss.  >> Box score


 

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New York Giants offensive guard Justin Pugh (67) during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. New York Giants defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 32-18. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants offensive guard Justin Pugh (67) during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. New York Giants defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 32-18. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

Giants RT Justin Pugh is questionable to return against the 49ers with an apparent back injury, per SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.

Pugh had been dealing with back pain all week as he was limited with what he could do in practice. The 27-year-old has only missed one game this season. Bobby Hart took over for Pugh at right tackle.

Newly signed LB Kelvin Sheppard is also questionable to return with a groin injury.

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Oct 22, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo reacts during the second quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 22, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo reacts during the second quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

There is "talk in league circles" that the Giants could fire coach Ben McAdoo on Monday if the team loses to the 49ers on Sunday, reports Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.

 

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(Danny Wild)

Giants QB Eli Manning will tie his brother, Peyton Manning, with his 208th consecutive regular season start on Sunday when the Giants face the 49ers. 

The Manning brothers sit behind only Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre, who had 297 consecutive starts in his career. Manning's goal from the beginning was to always stay healthy and have a chance to give his team a victory every week.

The record means nothing if that can't happen.

"I mean, I guess yes and no," Manning told The Post's Paul Schwartz. "I'm happy to be out there each and every week with my teammates. That's a goal of mine to stay healthy, to play through injuries, to be accountable. But, it's not about breaking a record though."

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New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo (Bill Kostroun/AP)
New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo (Bill Kostroun/AP)

The Giants announced that they have waived TE Matt LaCosse and elevated FB Shane Smith from the practice squad.

LaCosse is a special teams player, as he has zero receptions and has only been targeted once. He has three receptions (on four targets) for 22 yards and zero touchdowns in his career. 

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(Danny Wild)

Giants running backs coach, Craig Johnson, had some tough love to give to rookei Wayne Gallman during the team's blowout loss this past Sunday. 

During the Giants' awful offensive performance, Gallman fumbled and turned the ball over on a carry. On his way to the sidelines, he had Johnson in his ear to give the rookie some advice that he needs to keep in mind going forward. 

"What I told him when he came off the field is there is no excuse ever in my mind for a back ever to turn the ball over," Johnson told The Post's Fred Kerber. "I refuse to accept that. That being said, when it happens, you can't change the past, but you can go forward. So what I'll tell him is, 'You know what? Don't dwell on it, move on, trust yourself, trust your fundamentals, but understand that ball security is a really critical element. But when you're on the field, you got to play.' I don't want any player being timid and being scared about playing with a football. They got to make sure they protect it and go on and help us win."

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(Scott Galvin)

Recently signed LB Kelvin Sheppard is already expected to make an impact this week as the Giants take on the 49ers on the road. 

Sheppard was a spectator of the NFL last week, but now, he has a chance to showcase his skills once again with the Giants. It was a quick transition for the 29-year-old who said he got a call Monday from the team. 

"They literally called me (on) Monday," Sheppard told Giants.com's Michael Eisen. "And they asked my agent if I would be willing to come up for a workout, and I was like, 'Yep,' and came up, worked out and they signed me after the workout."

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GEICO SportsNite: Fake News? 00:01:26
Giants head coach Ben McAdoo gives his thoughts on rumors from this week and the team's game plan going into Sunday's game vs. the 49ers.

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) warms up before an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) warms up before an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)

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THE GAME

The Giants (1-7) at the San Francisco 49ers (0-9) at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. on Sunday, Nov. 12 at 4:25 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER

The football may stink, but the weather should be gorgeous. The forecast calls for temperatures around 70 at kickoff with mostly sunny skies and little winds. Enjoy!

WHAT IT MEANS

At this point, the dysfunctional Giants desperately need a win just to change the conversation and give them something to feel good about. It's not going to change their fate or put them into the playoff race, but maybe it'll make them less grumpy to be around. In the bigger picture, though, a loss here probably takes the Giants out of the race for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 draft. It's hard to imagine the 49ers or Browns getting two wins at this point.

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New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo uses the term "fake news" to describe quotes from anonymous disgruntled players.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Giants head coach Ben McAdoo classified the quotes from anonymous players ripping him as "fake news," while speaking with the media on Friday.

On Thursday, the day after two anonymous players blasted him to a reporter, McAdoo's response boiled down to one simple question:

Why didn't the unhappy player come to him first?

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New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo, left, and quarterback Eli Manning (Bill Kostroun/AP)
New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo, left, and quarterback Eli Manning (Bill Kostroun/AP)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | ArchiveBen McAdoo has never been afraid to be critical of Eli Manning, and he's apparently not going to stop now.

The embattled head promised on Friday that he will continue to hold his franchise quarterback accountable for his play, no matter how much "faith" and "confidence" McAdoo has in Manning. In an interview for the team website, McAdoo made it clear that he doesn't feel any need to go soft on the 36-year-old veteran just because of all he's accomplished in his career.

"He's accomplished so many things in this league at a high level, but he still needs to be held accountable," McAdoo said. "The past is something that we all learn from and we all hold dearly in some instances, and some instances we don't. I respect everything he's done and accomplished in this league...

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New York Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement)
New York Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Ben McAdoo wouldn't use the word "embarrassing" on Sunday. But after watching his defense give up 51 points to the Los Angeles Rams, Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo had no problem using that word at all.

"There's a pit right here -- it's called an embarrassing pit," Spagnuolo said on Thursday. "We feel terrible about that and looking to get it corrected."

That might be easy if this were a one-game collapse, but really the Giants' 51-17 loss at home to the Rams was just the bottom (they hope) of an embarrassing season for Spagnuolo's once-proud defense. They were a Top 10 unit one year ago and brought back almost every key player. This year they are statistically the third-worst defense in the NFL and have now given up more than 400 yards in four of their last five games.

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New York Giants middle linebacker B.J. Goodson against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants middle linebacker B.J. Goodson against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants LBs B.J. Goodson (ankle), Devon Kennard (quad), and Keenan Robinson (quad) are all listed as out for Sunday's game against the 49ers in San Francisco.

All three players missed practice on Thursday and Friday.

CB Donte Deayon (ankle) is doubtful, while  LB Jonathan Casillas (neck), LB Calvin Munson (quad), DE Olivier Vernon (ankle), and DE Kerry Wynn (knee) are questionable.

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Ralph Vacchiano discusses the turmoil in the locker room following anonymous quotes from several Giants players regarding Ben McAdoo.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Giants smell a "rat" or two in their locker room, and they seem determined to flush them out.

That was the general, on-the-record reaction to the two anonymous players who ripped head coach Ben McAdoo and defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo in a published report on Wednesday. Several Giants players called their anonymous teammates "cowards".

And they absolutely want to find out who the leakers are.

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The Giants travel to San Francisco to take on the 49ers this Sunday. Here's what's going on today...

Need to Know

The Giants will practice at the Quest Diagnostics Training Facility on Friday.

Jason Pierre-Paul's absence at practice Thursday wasn't injury-related >> Read More

Keep an eye on SNY Giants throughout the day for the latest news, notes, and opinon on Big Blue...

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Oct 1, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins (20) works out prior to the game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Oct 1, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins (20) works out prior to the game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Giants' latest crisis really began last week, when cornerback Janoris Jenkins didn't show up for the first practice after the bye week and didn't bother to call and explain why. That led to a one-game suspension.

And now that the suspension is over, he still has no interest in explaining why he didn't show up.

"I just didn't show up," Jenkins said in his first comments since his "indefinite" suspension was lifted. "Me and coach talked about it and we're moving forward. … I'm here today. I'm not worrying about what's gone on in previous days. I'm just here to work."

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New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) (Seth Wenig/AP)
New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) (Seth Wenig/AP)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Jason Pierre-Paul missed practice on Thursday, but the team said it was not injury-related.

The defensive end was riding the stationary bike in the injury area at the start of practice on Thursday, before heading inside to work with trainers in the team's field house. It appeared that the trainers were working on his left shoulder -- which would make sense since he had a shoulder injury earlier in the season.

JPP had company on the sidelines, too. Three linebackers were also sitting out practice -- Keenan Robinson (quad), B.J. Goodson (ankle) and Devon Kennard (quad).

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Dalvin Tomlinson, Devon Kennard, Jason Pierre-Paul, Jonathan Casillas, Justin Pugh, Keenan Robinson, Kerry Wynn, Olivier Vernon, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan and head coach Ben McAdoo (Kim Klement)
New York Giants offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan and head coach Ben McAdoo (Kim Klement)

The Giants may be 1-7 on the season, but that hasn't stopped head coach Ben McAdoo from trying to rally his players to finish out the remaining eight games strong. 

It hasn't been a good week so far for the Giants as it started with a 51-17 blowout to the Rams on Sunday, and now, two players have come forward saying "McAdoo has lost this team." But that hasn't fazed the second-year coach from attempting to reel his team in.

McAdoo addressed his team and media with a long message beginning with a saying he has used since joining the Giants: "Sound, smart and tough. Committed to discipline and poise." He said he hasn't felt the team living by the mantra at all this season, and he wants to get back to it. 

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Sep 24, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back Wendell Smallwood (28) is stopped by New York Giants outside linebacker Jonathan Casillas (52) and defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) during the third quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
Sep 24, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back Wendell Smallwood (28) is stopped by New York Giants outside linebacker Jonathan Casillas (52) and defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) during the third quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

The Giants travel to San Francisco to take on the 49ers this Sunday. Here's what's going on today...

Need to Know

The Giants will practice at the Quest Diagnostics Training Facility on Thursday.

Two anonymous Giants ripped head coach Ben McAdoo >> Read More

Keep an eye on SNY Giants throughout the day for the latest news, notes, and opinon on Big Blue...

Tags: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Janoris Jenkins, Scott Thompson
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