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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

Giants RB Saquon Barkley left practice Monday with a mild hamstring strain, head coach Pat Shurmur said this afternoon. 

After making a great catch on a wheel route (in the play below), Barkley pulled up gingerly as he walked off the field. Trainers checked him out and his leg was wrapped.

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Aug 1, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) rushes during training camp in East Rutherford. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)
Aug 1, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) rushes during training camp in East Rutherford. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - On the first play of practice, Will Hernandez, the Giants' feisty rookie guard, ended up grabbing the facemask of a linebacker, and they looked ready to fight until teammates and coaches rushed in to break it up.

That was Monday. The linebacker was his teammate, B.J. Goodson. And the practice was being run at half speed.

So imagine what could happen when the Giants and Lions begin three days of intense joint-practices in Allen Park, Mich., on Tuesday morning.

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Giants WR Sterling Shepard and his wife, model Chanel Iman, welcomed their baby girl -- Cali Clay Shepard -- into the world on August 10. 

Both Shepard and Iman posted pictures at the hospital on Sunday to make the announcement.

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New York Giants quarterback Davis Webb throws the ball during the first half against the Cleveland Browns at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants quarterback Davis Webb throws the ball during the first half against the Cleveland Browns at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants backup quarterback Davis Webb looks to rebound from his rough preseason opener when New York faces the Detroit Lions on the road Friday night.

The 23-year-old Webb threw for 70 yards on 9-of-22 passing with no touchdowns or interceptions, accumulating a 49.4 passer rating in the Giants' 20-10 preseason-opening loss to the Cleveland Browns last Thursday.

Though he took most of the snaps ahead of starter Eli Manning and rookie Kyle Lauletta, Webb said he felt he needed to calm down on his throws and be more accurate with his targets.

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With the Giants' first preseason game on Thursday, head coach Pat Shurmur still hasn't said who will and will not be playing against the Browns. 

"Every player will receive the consideration necessary with regard to the play time," he said after practice on Tuesday. "They're all at different stages of being ready to play in Week 1. We'lljust try to balance it and make good decisions."

The obvious player that every Giants fan has an opinion on when it comes to playing in preseason games is star WR Odell Beckham Jr. Beckham's tumultuous 2017 season started to take a downfall in Week 2 of the preseason last year against the same Cleveland opponent. He suffered an ankle sprain that held him out of the season opener, and was the preempitve injury to his eventual fractured ankle in Week 5 of the regular season. 

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Eli Manning (10) Saquon Barkley (26) Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Eli Manning (10) Saquon Barkley (26) Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Giants rookie RB Saquon Barkley delivered in his very first NFL touch Thursday night, breaking out for a 39-yard run that electrified MetLife Stadium. It was stirred up a storm on Twitter. 

Many reacted to the 21-year-old's dazzling run, and these are just a few who did so. The first comes from his alma mater, who was watching closely to their former star's first NFL game. 

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New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley rushes against Cleveland Browns defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah during first half at MetLife Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley rushes against Cleveland Browns defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah during first half at MetLife Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Leave it to Eli Manning, the savvy veteran and picture of calmness, to add the perspective to what Saquon Barkley did on Thursday night. Barkley's debut run was dazzling, a 39-yard showcase of patience, smarts, elusiveness, burst and speed. It was everything everyone was expecting from the Giants' super-hyped rookie.

Right?

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Saquon Barkley, Pat Shurmur and Eli Manning discuss Barkley's NFL debut in the Giants' preseason opener against the Browns.

Giants RB Saquon Barkley sent the football world in a frenzy by taking his first NFL preseason rush for a 39-yard gain.

That run was all it took. He looked like everything that has been promised since the Giants made him the No. 2 overall pick at the 2018 NFL Draft.

"It felt weird, the feelings are hard to describe,'' Barkley said after the game.

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Aug 9, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Davis Webb (5) runs from Cleveland Browns defensive end Nate Orchard (44) and defensive end Chris Smith (50) during first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Aug 9, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Davis Webb (5) runs from Cleveland Browns defensive end Nate Orchard (44) and defensive end Chris Smith (50) during first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The man who some believe is the apparent heir to Eli Manning's throne in New York got off to a rough preseason start.

Davis Webb handled the majority of the Giants' snaps in their 20-10 preseason week one loss to the Browns and was unable to impress. The 23-year-old completed just 9 of his 22 passes for 70 yards, with overthrows and missed targets aplenty.

"I just got to calm down and play, the guys know I can do it, there's no doubt about that," Webb said after the game. "I showed signs of it tonight."

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Aug 9, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) rushes against Cleveland Browns defensive back Damarious Randall (23) during first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Aug 9, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) rushes against Cleveland Browns defensive back Damarious Randall (23) during first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Saquon Barkley just might be the most hyped rookie in Giants history, and the first time he touched the ball in a Giants uniform he certainly lived up to it all.

It may have only been one moment, but it was a great moment - a 39-yard run by the second overall pick on the first play from scrimmage. Yeah, so he only had four yards on his other four carries in the Giants SCORE loss to the Cleveland Browns on Thursday night. But that one run was enough to delight the sparse crowd - especially the many (and there were a lot of them) who showed up wearing his No. 26 jersey.

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Dec 31, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Fans cheer during the second half between the New York Giants and the Washington Redskins at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Dec 31, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Fans cheer during the second half between the New York Giants and the Washington Redskins at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Browns QB Baker Mayfield threw his first preseason touhdown against the Giants, a dart to TE David Njoku, and the tight end celebrated at MetLife Stadium by tossing the ball to a lucky fan in the crowd.

Well, lucky depending on who you ask. The fan, presumably rooting for the Giants, was none too interested. WIthin a few seconds of catching, they threw it back on the field.

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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)

It's early, and it's one preseason rush, but, it would appear that Giants RB Saquon Barkley is ready for the NFL.

Barkley's first rush went for 39-yards. It was the kind that would have resulted in a loss of yards in years past-- But not with No. 26 in the backfield.

WATCH BELOW.

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Since April, Giants fans have been itching to see their No. 2 overall pick don the Big Blue jersey, and light up MetLife Stadium. Finally, that time is here. 

The Giants are set to take on the Browns for their first preseason matchup on Thursday night, and Barkley is expected to be out on the field. As for how long, it is uncertain what head coach Pat Shurmur wants to do with the high-profile rusher, but the educated guess would say not too many reps. 

Those limited reps -- a teaser if you will -- should give a glimpse at how the Giants want to use Barkley this season. So far at camp, he has been lining up as a regular running back, standing in an I-formation behind QB Eli Manning. But the Giants have also thrown him on the outside to line up as a receiver. 

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The easiest decision Pat Shurmur will have to make this preseason is to sit his all-world wide receiver in the preseason opener on Thursday night. Why would they even dream of risking their best player while he's still technically recovering from ankle surgery in this completely meaningless game?

They almost certainly won't. And that knowledge is enough to make almost everyone change the channel or keep the TV off entirely while the Giants play the Cleveland Browns. But it might be worth rethinking if that is, indeed, your plan. Because there are a few compelling reasons for you to watch this game even though No. 13 likely won't play...

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Aug 1, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Davis Webb (5) throws the ball during training camp in East Rutherford. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)
Aug 1, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Davis Webb (5) throws the ball during training camp in East Rutherford. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)

The Giants' new regime took a chance. They trusted that QB Davis Webb had the skills necessary to be Eli Manning's backup, and a potential quarterback of the future despite watching zero game tape. 

Now, Thursday night's bout against the Browns in the first preseason matchup is Webb's chance to prove Gettleman and Co. they were right. 

Webb has been doing well at training camp so far, but what the Giants really want to see first-hand is how he plays against real opponents. He has been stuck practicing for over a year now, which is why there's no surprise he's ready to finally take the MetLife Stadium field for real again...

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Over the next month (or months) there will be a lot of talk about Odell Beckham's contract. There will be leaks about the negotiations. There will be debates about his value. And there will be confusion, because sometimes "talks" don't mean they're talking, and "value" might depend on how you do the math.

So how will you survive the seemingly endless news cycle until Beckham gets the money he is so sure he deserves? And how can you possibly join (and win) the debate when there's so much seemingly conflicting news?

Here's how: Our guide to separating fact from fiction when it comes to the Odell Beckham contract … a.k.a. How to sound smart when arguing about Odell's inevitable (and lucrative) deal:

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Giants rookie DT B.J. Hill has impressed early on at training camp. But the real first test comes on Thursday night when the Browns come to to town.

Hill couldn't be more excited to put his Giants helmet on officially for the first time. 

"Oh yeah," he said after practice Monday when asked if he looked at this preseason bout as his NFL debut. "It's going to be my first game in the NFL and I'm just excited to get out there and compete with the best."

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Aug 31, 2017; Foxborough, MA, USA; New York Giants quarterback Davis Webb (5) makes a pass during the fourth quarter against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)
Aug 31, 2017; Foxborough, MA, USA; New York Giants quarterback Davis Webb (5) makes a pass during the fourth quarter against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)

If not for the fan uproar surrounding Eli Manning's benching last season -- leading to his return as the starter -- it seems the Giants were about to give Davis Webb a three-game look as the starter.

Webb said Tuesday during an appearance on WFAN on Carlin, Maggie, and Bart that then-head coach Ben McAdoo had informed him that the plan was for Webb to start the final three games of the season in place of Manning.

Instead, Geno Smith started one game with Manning as the backup. That situation went down after Manning had been brought to tears earlier in the week -- a scene that led most of the Giants fanbase to lose their collective minds...

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Maria Marino and Marc Malusis are foaming at the mouth over Odell Beckham Jr.'s contract extension negotiations with the New York Giants.

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The first round of talks between the Giants and Odell Beckham Jr.'s agent didn't produce a deal, which is absolutely no surprise to anyone who understands anything about how contract talks work. It's also not surprising that the Giants' initial offer was low -- or at least lower than they know they'll eventually have to pay. And it's also probably not a surprise that Beckham's camp has leaked details, apparently in the hope that it will pressure the Giants to immediately up their offer (Spoiler alert: It won't).

Try to ignore the noise, though, and see the bigger picture. The Giants are intent on signing Beckham to a long-term deal and according to a team source they understand it will likely make him the highest-paid receiver in the NFL when it's done. They hope they can get a deal done by Opening Day, or at the latest early in the season. That position hasn't changed...

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

The Giants' offensive line is once again an area of concern this season. Yes, upgrades were made, but there are still pieces that are a cause for concern given the past few seasons. 

One of those glaring questions is whether or not Ereck Flowers will turn his career around after making the shift from left to right tackle. Flowers wasn't a big fan of the move after the acquisition of veteran LT Nate Solder pushed him over. But now he claims he doesn't mind the transition.

Flowers has been working hard this offseason on re-working his technique and footwork to play on the right side. He has been seeing improvement everyday. 

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Pat Shurmur Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

The Giants released their unofficial depth chart on Monday, and though it isn't set in stone, there are a few things worth noting. 

Here are the five biggest takeaways from how this roster looks early on in training camp...

1) No surprise Saquon Barkley is lead running back

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Odell Beckham Jr (13) Jarvis Landry (14) Mandatory Credit: Andrew Innerarity-USA TODAY Sports (Andrew Innerarity)
Odell Beckham Jr (13) Jarvis Landry (14) Mandatory Credit: Andrew Innerarity-USA TODAY Sports (Andrew Innerarity)

On Sunday, the Browns struck a deal with the Bills to trade WR Corey Coleman. With that, the Browns now have a spot open on their roster. 

So, what does this matter for the Giants? Well, Browns WR Jarvis Landry still has hopes of playing with his former college teammate Odell Beckham Jr. 

Landry lobbyed for the Browns to trade for the Pro-Bowl wideout in the past, and the same can be said now with a roster spot open in Cleveland. Also, Beckham has yet to sign a contact extension with the Giants, and the start of talks between his agent and the front office haven't been productive so far.

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Aug 1, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) walks onto the field during training camp in East Rutherford. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)
Aug 1, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) walks onto the field during training camp in East Rutherford. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)

Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. is known to be one of the most interesting personalities off the football field as well as on it. From his fashionable wardrobe to his star-studded friend group, Beckham is a clear standout in the NFL. 

But, he decided to stand out even more with his latest fashion statement. 

Beckham decided to implant a diamond cross into his teeth (yes, you're reading that correctly). TMZ filmed the surgery, which cost $5,000, that Dr. Lee Gause performed. 

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Oct 10, 2016; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers defensive back Teddy Williams (21) lines up during the first half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Bank of America Stadium. The Bucs defeated the Panthers 17-14. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports (Jeremy Brevard)
Oct 10, 2016; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers defensive back Teddy Williams (21) lines up during the first half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Bank of America Stadium. The Bucs defeated the Panthers 17-14. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports (Jeremy Brevard)

Giants CB Teddy Williams has requested his release from the team in light of a family health issue, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed on Monday. 

Williams has been away from the team for a few days dealing with the issue, and he has decided now is the time to separate himself from the game to become fully attentive to it. 

Williams' agent, David Canter, took to Twitter to thank the Giants and GM Dave Gettleman for their compassion during this time. 

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Odell Beckham finally spoke to the media on Saturday, taking questions (with the exception of a brief, two-question interview in June) for the first time in 10 months. So for the first time we gained insight into how he feels about his ankle, his contract, and those wild trade rumors from back in March.

Here are some of the biggest and most important quotes from the Giants' biggest and perhaps most important star:

On how his surgically repaired ankle feels: "I don't really feel it. I don't really feel it, I don't think about it much. Well, I try not to. It's still always there, but I'm getting back as close to 100 [percent] as I can for right now. So it's been a long process. I can say that."

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May 21, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants cornerback Eli Apple (24) after 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 cornerback Eli Apple (24) after practice at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Giants CB Eli Apple left Saturday's practice with an apparent knee injury, reports Tom Rock of Newsday.

Apple needed help hobbling to the sideline after he tangled with WR Hunter Sharp and fell. Apple, who remained at practice and stood on the sideline, was eventually able to jog.

Earlier in practice, Apple was involved in a scuffle with TE Engram Evans. On a play when Engram hauled in a short catch, Apple shoved Engram and Engram threw the football at him. 

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Odell Beckham Jr. on potential new contract with Giants: "Yeah, I'm optimistic. I'm confident it'll all work itself out. Life always does."

Giants WR Odell Beckham is still searching for a new contract, but unlike fellow superstars Julio Jones and Le'Veon Bell, he's never threatened a holdout. 

When speaking about his contract, Beckham has proven to be publicly reasonable, nuanced and reserved. He hasn't put his name to any outlandish claims nor demands. What goes on with his agent behind the scenes, of course, isn't public knowledge.

"Who doesn't to get more money?" Beckham said, via Ryan Dunleavy of NJ.com."Everybody does. You just have to be realistic with yourself. You see what happened over the offseason. You can't really worry about anybody else. Just let them figure it out."

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Eight newly minted Pro Football Hall of Famers will officially take their place in Canton on Saturday night, and it's easy to envision Eli Manning doing the same sometime around 2025.

The truth, though, is his road to Canton may not be so easy after all.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The NFL is doing its best to prevent players from dangerously banging their heads into each other this season. But the result of their effort is going to be a lot of people banging their heads against a wall.

That's because not even the players are completely clear about what is and isn't a penalty under the NFL's new helmet rule - a rule that makes "lowering the head and initiating contact" with any part of an opponent's body, not just the head, a 15-yard penalty at least.

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Oct 22, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills defensive back Leonard Johnson (24) against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports (Timothy T. Ludwig)
Oct 22, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills defensive back Leonard Johnson (24) against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports (Timothy T. Ludwig)

The Giants are signing veteran CB Leonard Johnson, who played for Dave Gettleman's Panthers in 2016 and started seven games for the Buffalo Bills last season, a source confirmed to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.

The Giants had a big workout today as part of their search for cornerback help after they lost Sam Beal for the season to shoulder surgery.

Johnson, 28, had 52 combined tackles and one forced fumble in 15 games last season for the Bills.

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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. - Urban Meyer, one of the most successful college football coaches of this generation, is suddenly under fire at Ohio State, where he's been accused of ignoring and covering up allegations of domestic abuse against one of his assistant coaches. He's been placed on paid leave, while the university investigates his behavior.

Meanwhile, his reputation among his former players remains strong.

Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins became the latest to express that loyalty on Friday, when he hailed Meyer as "a great coach" and "nice guy" despite the allegations against him.

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New York Giants interim head coach Steve Spagnuolo coaches against the Philadelphia Eagles during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants interim head coach Steve Spagnuolo coaches against the Philadelphia Eagles during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Former Giants interim head coach and defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo thinks his former team will bounce back after a 3-13 season in which the Giants defense gave up the second-most yards and fifth-most points.

"I think they're gonna bounce back and be fine," Spagnuolo said, according to the New York Post's Steve Serby.

The Giants cleaned house last season, firing head coach Ben McAdoo and GM Jerry Reese midway through the season. New York's 2018 staff includes Dave Gettleman as GM, Pat Shurmur as head coach, Mike Shula as offensive coordinator and James Bettcher as defensive coordinator.

"Pat's a good teacher," Spagnuolo said. "He's a good man."

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New York Giants cornerback Eli Apple (24) during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants cornerback Eli Apple (24) during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

Current Giants and former Ohio State cornerback Eli Apple said he didn't know if a report that said head coach Urban Meyer knew of domestic violence allegations a member of his staff was facing and failed to act on them was true, but called the situation "very surprising."

"It's a crazy, unfortunate situation," Apple said Thursday, according to NJ Advance Media's Matt Lombardo. "I just hope it gets worked out." 

College football reporter Brett McMurphy reported earlier this week that Meyer, who has coached the Buckeyes since 2012, knew of 2015 allegations of domestic violence that Courtney Smith brought against her husband, assistant coach Zach Smith.

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Nov 27, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) celebrates his touchdown run against the Cleveland Browns during the second quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports (Scott Galvin)
Nov 27, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) celebrates his touchdown run against the Cleveland Browns during the second quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports (Scott Galvin)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Giants have always wanted to strike a long-term deal with Odell Beckham, and they've always understood the cost will be incredibly expensive. There's no way around that with the man who almost certainly will be the highest-paid receiver in the league.

But can the Giants really afford to give Beckham a five-year deal worth $90 million or more, with perhaps as much as $60 million guaranteed? And how much will that hurt them under the salary cap, both now and in future years?

"It could be a little complicated, but it's definitely workable," one NFL agent told SNY. "Teams can always find room under the salary cap if they really want to. And the salary cap is always going up."

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. runs the ball after a catch and tries to avoid a tackle by Buffalo Bills strong safety Duke Williams during the first half at New Era Field. (Timothy T. Ludwig/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. runs the ball after a catch and tries to avoid a tackle by Buffalo Bills strong safety Duke Williams during the first half at New Era Field. (Timothy T. Ludwig/USA TODAY Sports)

This is the news Giants fans have been waiting to hear all offseason.

It appears Big Blue has finally begun contract talks with star WR Odell Beckham Jr., SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed. ESPN's Jordan Raanan was the first to report it on Thursday.

Vacchiano is hearing the talks are "very, very preliminary," but it is worth noting his agent, Zeke Sandhu, was seen at camp speaking with the Giants' front office staff including assistant GM Kevin Abrams. His mother and father are there as well, however, they are regulars at camp.

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Odell Beckham (13) Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Odell Beckham (13) Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Giants co-owner John Mara said last week that the team was prepared to speak with the agents for Odell Beckham Jr. "sooner rather than later" regarding a contract extension. But will that extension be done before training camp ends?

"Depends on how reasonable they want to be," Mara said Wednesday on WFAN's Morning Show with Boomer and Gio.

Mara wouldn't give a timetable last week, either, but said he expected negotiations to start fairly soon -- and that the Giants knew what it would take.

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May 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants guard Will Hernandez seen during rookie mini camp 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 guard Will Hernandez seen during rookie mini camp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY SPORTS (Danielle Parhizkaran)

On May 11th, Will Hernandez signed a four year contract worth $7.5 million. The UTEP product was drafted with the 34th pick by the Giants and plants to play on the left side of the line with newly signed Nate Solder.

The 22-year-old Hernandez plans to be a big addition to an improved offense with a new identity involving the offensive line. 

Hernandez celebrated this new career path with a reward for him and his family: a house. This is a humbling change for the 6-foot-2, 327 pound linemen. According to northjersey.com, Hernandez and his family had to one point live in a shed they bought from Home Depot during economic hardships.

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(Bill Streicher)

The Giants added some more depth on Wednesday, as they were assigned OT Victor Salako off of waivers via the Browns, ESPN's Field Yates reports. 

The 24-year-old tackle has yet to play in an NFL game, but does have preseason experience with the Eagles last season.

At 6-foot-5, 316 pounds, Salako came out of Oklahoma State in 2017 as an undrafted free agent. He was a second-team All-Big 12 team member with the Cowboys. 

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When it comes to this season's Giants rookies, the main spotlight shines all over first-rounder Saquon Barkley. And even second-round G Will Hernandez is expected to be an immediate impact player this season. 

But what about third-round DT B.J. Hill?

Hill has been highly impressive in the first few days of training camp, and among all rookies, he is the one getting the most first-team reps. So, a defensive tackle rotation of run-stuffing machine Damon "Snacks" HarrisonDalvin Tomlinson, and Hill seems to be what the Giants are preparing for early on in camp.

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Eli Manning (10) Will Hernandez (71) Nate Solder (76) Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Eli Manning (10) Will Hernandez (71) Nate Solder (76) Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Training camp has just kicked off, but Vegas has been all over preparing their books for the upcoming NFL season. And their over/under totals are already out for fans to bet on. 

For the Giants, Vegas is predicting they make an improvement on the season with their over/under set at 7.5 wins this season, according to Westgate SuperBook. 

Big Blue obviously had tons of issues on and off the field last season, and it resulted in an awful 3-13 record in the end. Before the season began, many had the Giants ticketed for another postseason berth with the potential to reach the Super Bowl as plausible. 

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) looks on against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. (Brace Hemmelgarn)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) looks on against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. (Brace Hemmelgarn)

Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is filing a countersuit against a man who was allegedly trying to extort him for nearly $1 million, TMZ reports.

Beckham is suing Ishmael Temple, who alleges one of Beckham's bodyguards beat him up at a Beverly Hills house party in January. Temple allegedly tried to extort Beckham, alleging Beckham tried to offer a girl $1,000 to sleep with her. 

Temple, according to Beckham and his attorney, Daniel Davillier, initially wanted $999,999 in a settlement to cover up Beckham's alleged involvement, but lowered the amount to $225,000.

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Davis Webb (5) Eli Manning (10) Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Davis Webb (5) Eli Manning (10) Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Giants QB Davis Webb's training camp in his sophomore season is more of the same. Veteran Eli Manning is entrenched as the team's starter, which means Webb continues to learn from the two-time Super Bowl champ. 

But he doesn't mind. Webb wants to soak in as much as possible from his mentor.

"Eli? He's the best I've ever seen throw it," Webb said after Giants practice on Monday. "I mean, he has total command of the offense -- attention wise, route wise, teaching everybody on the fly on the field and off the field. He's ready to rock and roll. We'll all try to keep up. He sets the tone, and I know he's going to play his best."

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Giants rookie running back Saquon Barkley talks to SNY's Taylor Rooks about dealing with rookie hype, and all the fans wearing his jersey.

Giants rookie RB Saquon Barkley spoke with SNY's Taylor Rooks about the hype surrounding him, what it feels like to see fans wearing his jersey, and more...

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Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. looked healthy and strong during Monday's Big Blue practice, hauling in passes from Eli Manning.

The Giants' offense is already generating tons of buzz with the overload of weapons available on the depth chart. And for other teams around the league, fear is starting to set in. 

Led by star WR Odell Beckham Jr., the Giants possess above-average player at every position. Along with Beckham, Sterling Shepard will be another option in the receiving corps. At tight end, Evan Engram burst onto the scene last year as a pass-catching threat as well as one of Eli Manning's top end zone targets. And to round it all up, we all know what rookie RB Saquon Barkley is expected to bring to the table.

Looking at all of these options to work with, one AFC scout wouldn't want any defense to have to defend this group. So what should teams do?

Tags: Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Odell Beckham Jr., Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Scott Thompson
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The Giants have re-signed CB Kenneth Durden, reports Ryan Dunleavy of NJ.com.

Durden was with the Giants until they waived him to make room for 21-year-old CB Sam Beal, who has been knocked out for the season with a shoulder injury.

Durden was signed by the Riders in 2016 as an undrafted free agent beore moving on to sign with the Titans in 2017. He was released in October of 2017 and signed with the Giants this June.

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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 on Sunday spoke publicly for the first time about the death of his close friend and the charges against his brother for his alleged involvement in the death.

"I haven't talked to [my brother], to be honest," said Jenkins, according to ESPN. The 29-year-old CB described the incident as "shocking."

"But I will to see where his head was at. As far as that, I'll just leave that off the field."

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Giants head coach Pat Shurmur speaks on the professionalism he has seen from embattled Giants CB Eli Apple at the team's training camp.
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Giants rookie running back Saquon Barkley discusses what he's learned from Eli Manning at Giants training camp up to this point.

Giants rookie running back Saquon Barkley discusses what he's learned from Eli Manning at Giants training camp up to this point.


New York Giants strong safety Landon Collins calls a play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants strong safety Landon Collins calls a play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Two-time Pro Bowl safety Landon Collins said he feels he has "100 percent" recovered from a broken arm and that he is focused on turning the Giants into a top-10 defense heading into a contract year.

The 24-year-old Collins, who underwent two surgeries to repair a broken forearm, said he does not feel limited at all and will not need to wear any protective gear. He first fractured his arm in Week 16 last season but needed a second surgery in April to further repair the injury. 

"I guess it's to my discretion and if I feel anything I can pull myself out," Collins said about his participation in training camp, "but most likely like in the offseason, I have been putting a lot of pressure on it. I have been pushing things so I can see where I'm at."

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