The 23-0 loss yesterday to Seattle was chock full of new lows for the Giants. By virtue of it being the ninth loss of the season, it assured the Giants would finish with a losing record for the first time since 2004, Tom Coughlin and Eli Manning's first year with the club.

"Not very well," said Coughlin when asked how the losing sat with him. "Not very well."

The shutout was the first one in the regular season in Coughlin's long, distinguished NFL coaching career which covers close to

300 games.

QB Eli Manning is in the throes of his worst season as a pro. Yesterday, he was charged with 5 INTs, raising his total to 25 on the season and tying his career worst, set in 2010.

Eli is now the most intercepted QB in Giants' history with 169 picks, eclipsing Charlie Conerly's franchise record of 167 yesterday.

Coughlin is frustrated with the turnovers, calling it a "concern" but would not give in to the gathering consensus that Manning's better days may be behind him.

"I just don’t believe that," the coach said. "As pointed out, we’ve had some of these circumstances before. If we had a better running game, obviously we could tighten this up a little bit and not create those circumstances."

Some stats and tidbits from the Giants media relations dept:

*The Giants fell to 3-4 at home this season.

*The Giants were shut out for the first time in MetLife Stadium and the first time at home in a regular-season game since Sept. 4, 1995, a 35-0 loss to Dallas in Giants Stadium. They were also blanked at home in the 2005 NFC Wild Card Game vs. Carolina, 23-0.

*The Giants were shut out in Week 3 at Carolina, 38-0. This is the first time the Giants have suffered two shutout defeats in the same season since 1996, when they lost at Dallas, 27-0, and at Philadelphia, 24-0.

*The Giants trailed at halftime, 13-0, one week after they faced a 24-0 halftime deficit in San Diego. It is the first time the Giants were shut out in consecutive first halves since the final two games of the 2009 season, when they trailed Carolina (24-0) and Minnesota (31-0).

*The Giants won the coin toss and deferred taking possession of the ball until the start of the second half. The Seahawks punted on their first series, but it didn’t change the Giants’ fortunes – they are 0-4 this year and 0-5 in the last two seasons when they defer at the coin toss.

*The Giants gained just 181 yards, their second-lowest total of the season. They totaled 150 yards against the Panthers in their other shutout loss.

*The Giants’ 25 rushing yards was also their second-lowest total of the season. They ran for 23 yards in a loss to Denver on Sept. 15.

*The Giants had 12 first downs, the third-lowest total of 2013. They had 10 at Carolina and 11 at Kansas City.

*The Giants were one-for-10 on third down conversion attempts. It was the third time this season they converted just one third down opportunity – they were one-for-11 vs. Denver and one-for-14 at Kansas City.

*Eli Manning completed 18 of 31 passes for 156 yards, but threw a career-high five interceptions. That ties the franchise record that was previously reached five times: Harry Newman vs. Portsmouth on Sept. 24, 1933; Frank Filchock at Washington on Oct. 13, 1946; Charlie Conerly vs. the Chicago Cardinals on Oct. 14, 1951 and vs. Detroit on Dec., 13, 1953; and Jeff Rutledge at New Orleans on Nov. 22, 1987. Manning had previously thrown four interceptions in a game four times, most recently against Denver three months ago today.

*Manning has thrown 25 interceptions this year, tying both the career high he set in 2010 and the franchise single-season record he shares with Filchock (1946) and Conerly (1953).

*Manning’s five interceptions increased his career total to 169, which is a new Giants record. Conerly had held the mark with 167.

*The Giants have at least one turnover in all 14 games this season. The last season in which they had a turnover in every game was 2007.

*Cornerbacks Byron Maxwell and Richard Sherman each had two interceptions. They joined Chicago’s Tim Jennings as opponents who twice intercepted Manning this season. Safety Earl Thomas had the fifth interception.

*Curtis Painter relieved Manning for the Giants’ final offensive series and completed all four of his passes for 30 yards. His only other game action this season was on Sept. 22 at Carolina.

*Andre Brown led the Giants in rushing with just 17 yards on 11 carries.

*Jerrel Jernigan led the Giants with a career-high seven catches for 67 yards. Hakeem Nicks had one reception for five yards and Rueben Randle did not have a catch.

*Victor Cruz had two catches for 25 yards. He had a 16-yarder taken away on a replay challenge by Seattle coach Pete Carroll. That left Cruz’s season totals at 73 catches for 998 yards, two shy of becoming the fourth player in Giants history with three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons. To add injury to insult, Cruz suffered a concussion and knee injury on the catch that was reversed by replay and did not return. Asked if Cruz is in danger of not playing again this season, Coughlin said, “I don’t know.”

The season’s final two games are at Detroit and home vs. Washington.

*Antrel Rolle intercepted a Russell Wilson pass late in the third quarter. It was his career-high sixth pick of the season. Rolle had five interceptions playing for the Arizona Cardinals in 2007. He had five combined interceptions in his first three seasons with the Giants.

*The Giants’ defense had another strong performance against one of the NFL’s leading rushers, holding Seattle’s Marshawn Lynch to 47 yards on 16 carries. Russell Wilson led the Seahawks with 50 yards on eight carries and joined Philadelphia’s Michael Vick, Oakland’s Terrelle Pryor and Washington’s Robert Griffin III as quarterbacks who led their teams in rushing vs. the Giants this season.

*The Giants sacked Wilson four times. Safety Ryan Mundy got his first career sack, Linval Joseph had one, Justin Tuck and Cullen Jenkins split one and the team was credited with one. Tuck has 6.5 sacks in the last three games and a team-high 9.0 for the season.

*The Giants opened the game in a three-safety alignment, so Mundy started with Rolle and Will Hill. It was Mundy’s first start since the victory over Minnesota on Oct. 21. Mundy started each of the season’s first seven games at free safety.

Mundy had six tackles, including his four-yard takedown of Wilson.

*Rookie Johnathan Hankins and second-year pro Markus Kuhn formed the Giants’ defensive tackle tandem for much of the second half.

*Brandon Mosley played left guard in the second half after James Brewer suffered an ankle injury.

*Jernigan returned kickoffs for the first time since he fumbled the opening kickoff against Oakland on Nov. 10. He had three runbacks for 74 yards, a 24.7-yard average. Michael Cox had returned kicks the previous four games.

*David Diehl recovered two fumbles, which is not a statistic the Giants would prefer an offensive lineman to have.

*Each head coach got a call reversed after a successful replay challenge.

Tom Coughlin dropped his red challenge flag for just the third time this season and first time since Oct. 6. The result was a re-spot of the ball that forced Seattle to punt. With 2:38 remaining in the first quarter, Russell Wilson threw to Marshawn Lynch for what the officials initially spotted as an eight-yard gain. After a measurement, Seattle was awarded a first down. Coughlin challenged the spot, claiming Lynch stepped out of bounds short of the first down. After review, referee Bill Leavy reversed the call and moved the ball a yard behind the original spot. The Seahawks then punted. Coughlin is 2-1 this season, 36-42 with the Giants and 46-51 on replay challenges.

*Pete Carroll won his replay challenge with 1:50 remaining in the third quarter and, like Coughlin’s, it resulted in an opposition punt. Victor Cruz had reached high to catch a Eli Manning pass for a 16-yard gain and a first down. But Carroll challenged the ruling of a catch, claiming the ball hit the ground. After review, Leavy reversed the call, saying it was incomplete because Cruz’s hand came off the ball when he hit the ground. The Giants were then forced to punt. Opposition coaches are 3-1 this season and 30-35 in Coughlin’s 10-year tenure as the Giants’ head coach.

*The Giants’ inactive players were defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder), cornerback Corey Webster (ankle), safety Cooper Taylor (hamstring), quarterback Ryan Nassib, linebacker Allen Bradford, tight end Adrien Robinson and offensive lineman Stephen Goodin.

The Giants fell to 3-4 at home this season.

*The Giants were shut out for the first time in MetLife Stadium and the first time at home in a regular-season game since Sept. 4, 1995, a 35-0 loss to Dallas in Giants Stadium. They were also blanked at home in the 2005 NFC Wild Card Game vs. Carolina, 23-0.

*The Giants were shut out in Week 3 at Carolina, 38-0. This is the first time the Giants have suffered two shutout defeats in the same season since 1996, when they lost at Dallas, 27-0, and at Philadelphia, 24-0.

*The Giants trailed at halftime, 13-0, one week after they faced a 24-0 halftime deficit in San Diego. It is the first time the Giants were shut out in consecutive first halves since the final two games of the 2009 season, when they trailed Carolina (24-0) and Minnesota (31-0).

*The Giants won the coin toss and deferred taking possession of the ball until the start of the second half. The Seahawks punted on their first series, but it didn’t change the Giants’ fortunes – they are 0-4 this year and 0-5 in the last two seasons when they defer at the coin toss.

*The Giants gained just 181 yards, their second-lowest total of the season. They totaled 150 yards against the Panthers in their other shutout loss.

*The Giants’ 25 rushing yards was also their second-lowest total of the season. They ran for 23 yards in a loss to Denver on Sept. 15.

*The Giants had 12 first downs, the third-lowest total of 2013. They had 10 at Carolina and 11 at Kansas City.

*The Giants were one-for-10 on third down conversion attempts. It was the third time this season they converted just one third down opportunity – they were one-for-11 vs. Denver and one-for-14 at Kansas City.

*Eli Manning completed 18 of 31 passes for 156 yards, but threw a career-high five interceptions. That ties the franchise record that was previously reached five times: Harry Newman vs. Portsmouth on Sept. 24, 1933; Frank Filchock at Washington on Oct. 13, 1946; Charlie Conerly vs. the Chicago Cardinals on Oct. 14, 1951 and vs. Detroit on Dec., 13, 1953; and Jeff Rutledge at New Orleans on Nov. 22, 1987. Manning had previously thrown four interceptions in a game four times, most recently against Denver three months ago today.

*Manning has thrown 25 interceptions this year, tying both the career high he set in 2010 and the franchise single-season record he shares with Filchock (1946) and Conerly (1953).

*The Giants have at least one turnover in all 14 games this season. The last season in which they had a turnover in every game was 2007.

*Cornerbacks Byron Maxwell and Richard Sherman each had two interceptions. They joined Chicago’s Tim Jennings as opponents who twice intercepted Manning this season. Safety Earl Thomas had the fifth interception.

*Curtis Painter relieved Manning for the Giants’ final offensive series and completed all four of his passes for 30 yards. His only other game action this season was on Sept. 22 at Carolina.

*Andre Brown led the Giants in rushing with just 17 yards on 11 carries.

*Jerrel Jernigan led the Giants with a career-high seven catches for 67 yards. Hakeem Nicks had one reception for five yards and Rueben Randle did not have a catch.

*Victor Cruz had two catches for 25 yards. He had a 16-yarder taken away on a replay challenge by Seattle coach Pete Carroll. That left Cruz’s season totals at 73 catches for 998 yards, two shy of becoming the fourth player in Giants history with three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons. To add injury to insult, Cruz suffered a concussion and knee injury on the catch that was reversed by replay and did not return. Asked if Cruz is in danger of not playing again this season, Coughlin said, “I don’t know.”

The season’s final two games are at Detroit and home vs. Washington.

*Antrel Rolle intercepted a Russell Wilson pass late in the third quarter. It was his career-high sixth pick of the season. Rolle had five interceptions playing for the Arizona Cardinals in 2007. He had five combined interceptions in his first three seasons with the Giants.

*The Giants’ defense had another strong performance against one of the NFL’s leading rushers, holding Seattle’s Marshawn Lynch to 47 yards on 16 carries. Russell Wilson led the Seahawks with 50 yards on eight carries and joined Philadelphia’s Michael Vick, Oakland’s Terrelle Pryor and Washington’s Robert Griffin III as quarterbacks who led their teams in rushing vs. the Giants this season.

*The Giants sacked Wilson four times. Safety Ryan Mundy got his first career sack, Linval Joseph had one, Justin Tuck and Cullen Jenkins split one and the team was credited with one. Tuck has 6.5 sacks in the last three games and a team-high 9.0 for the season.

*The Giants opened the game in a three-safety alignment, so Mundy started with Rolle and Will Hill. It was Mundy’s first start since the victory over Minnesota on Oct. 21. Mundy started each of the season’s first seven games at free safety.

Mundy had six tackles, including his four-yard takedown of Wilson.

*Rookie Johnathan Hankins and second-year pro Markus Kuhn formed the Giants’ defensive tackle tandem for much of the second half.

*Brandon Mosley played left guard in the second half after James Brewer suffered an ankle injury.

*Jernigan returned kickoffs for the first time since he fumbled the opening kickoff against Oakland on Nov. 10. He had three runbacks for 74 yards, a 24.7-yard average. Michael Cox had returned kicks the previous four games.

*David Diehl recovered two fumbles, which is not a statistic the Giants would prefer an offensive lineman to have.

*Each head coach got a call reversed after a successful replay challenge.

Tom Coughlin dropped his red challenge flag for just the third time this season and first time since Oct. 6. The result was a re-spot of the ball that forced Seattle to punt. With 2:38 remaining in the first quarter, Russell Wilson threw to Marshawn Lynch for what the officials initially spotted as an eight-yard gain. After a measurement, Seattle was awarded a first down. Coughlin challenged the spot, claiming Lynch stepped out of bounds short of the first down. After review, referee Bill Leavy reversed the call and moved the ball a yard behind the original spot. The Seahawks then punted. Coughlin is 2-1 this season, 36-42 with the Giants and 46-51 on replay challenges.

*Pete Carroll won his replay challenge with 1:50 remaining in the third quarter and, like Coughlin’s, it resulted in an opposition punt. Victor Cruz had reached high to catch a Eli Manning pass for a 16-yard gain and a first down. But Carroll challenged the ruling of a catch, claiming the ball hit the ground. After review, Leavy reversed the call, saying it was incomplete because Cruz’s hand came off the ball when he hit the ground. The Giants were then forced to punt. Opposition coaches are 3-1 this season and 30-35 in Coughlin’s 10-year tenure as the Giants’ head coach.

*The Giants’ inactive players were defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder), cornerback Corey Webster (ankle), safety Cooper Taylor (hamstring), quarterback Ryan Nassib, linebacker Allen Bradford, tight end Adrien Robinson and offensive lineman Stephen Goodin.

Tags: 2013 New York Giants, New York Giants

GEICO SportsNite: Spagnuolo 00:04:29
Steve Spagnuolo talks with Eamon McAnaney about the possibility of the Giants selecting Saquon Barkley with the No. 2 pick in the NFL draft.

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

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ARLINGTON, Tex. -- After months of rumors, reports and lies -- a lot of lies -- here is my final best guess about how the first 10 picks of the 2018 NFL draft are going to play out on Thursday night.

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Sep 2, 2017; Charlotte, NC, USA; North Carolina State Wolfpack defensive end Bradley Chubb (9) runs onto the field prior to the game against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports (Jeremy Brevard)
Sep 2, 2017; Charlotte, NC, USA; North Carolina State Wolfpack defensive end Bradley Chubb (9) runs onto the field prior to the game against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports (Jeremy Brevard)

NC State DE Bradley Chubb is hoping his former teammate Evan Engram is pushing for the Giants to select him in Thursday night's NFL Draft.

"I hope so," Chubb told SNY's Ralph Vacchiano on Wednesday in Dallas. "I hope he's up there fighting for me." 

Chubb also spoke with Vacchiano about his visit with the Giants, comparisons to Michael Strahan, and the idea of playing in New York.

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

If the Giants are a win-now team, they can't possibly let Penn State RB Saquon Barkley slip by them at No. 2 in Thursday night's NFL Draft, Hall of Fame WR Michael Irvin told SNY's Ralph Vacchiano on Wednesday in Dallas. 

Irvin said the Giants are in a tough spot, and that it's tempting to take "that young talented quarterback" they may see at No. 2, but...

"You see a talent like a Saquon Barkley there, and you say 'whoa.' If I'm going to go with Eli (Manning) and we're trying to make that run, I don't know how you let that kid Barkley get away," Irvin said. "And especially, that's a place of need for you. To get that kind of talent at that position. I just don't see how you let it go."

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Darnold talks Giants and Jets 00:01:27
Sam Darnold talks about meeting Eli Manning, his visits with the Giants and Jets and advice he received from fellow Trojan Mark Sanchez.

USC QB Sam Darnold didn't get to meet with Eli Manning during his visit with the Giants, but got to see plenty of Jets during his visit with them.

"I saw him from a distance and he was working, so I didn't want to bother him," Darnold said about Manning. "We had a chance to meet at the Manning Camp, which was awesome."

Regarding the Jets, Darnold said he got to see a bunch of players he was familiar with.

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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)

The Giants might take a quarterback who they see as their next franchise guy No. 2 overall during Thursday night's NFL Draft in Dallas. But Davis Webb isn't sweating it. 

"No, because Mr. [General Manager Dave] Gettleman gets paid a lot and he's very high up on the chain and his job is to make a decision that's going to help the Giants," Webb said on Wednesday at the Giants' Minicamp. "So, if that's a quarterback, or if that's another position, whatever. As long as it helps the New York Football Giants, and that's all I'm about. I'm a team guy, I've said that last year, I'll say it again. My number one goal is to be the best teammate I possibly can be and whoever we get [with the] number two overall pick, we're excited about and he's going to be a great member of our team."

Webb, who didn't play in any regular season games in 2017 despite Eli Manning getting benched toward the end of the season, is simply waiting for his chance. And he isn't worried about proving himself between now and Week 1...

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UCLA QB Josh Rosen (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)
UCLA QB Josh Rosen (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

UCLA QB Josh Rosen, who is expected to be taken early in the first round during the NFL Draft on Thursday night, had fun with reporters who were asking him on Wednesday about the potential of being selected by the Giants at No. 2 or the Jets at No. 3.

"You're trying to catch me," Rosen playfully told SNY's Ralph Vacchiano when asked about the media spotlight in New York.

Rosen also discussed his visits to the Giants and Jets. Hear his full comments below...

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Manning and Webb talk future 00:02:07
New York Giants QBs Eli Manning and Davis Webb address their status and the possibility that the team will select a QB in the NFL Draft.

Giants QB Eli Manning has met most of the top quarterbacks and running backs who will be available in Thursday night's NFL Draft, but doesn't want to dive deep in to what might happen. Instead, he'll let the process play out and comment after. 

"I met most of the top quarterbacks before," Manning said on Wednesday at the Giants' Minicamp. "But I did get to see a few of them in the facility and I went up and talked to them just because I've been around them before. Some of the running backs, also, so I saw a few of the guys over the year. All of them are obviously good players and good people from my encounters with them, so all went well."

With the No. 2 pick, the Giants are expected to tab Penn State RB Saquon Barkley, or perhaps USC QB Sam Darnold if he slips past the Browns at No. 1. Or, they could trade back and select NC State DE Bradley Chubb or Notre Dame OL Quenton Nelson

Tags: Davis Webb, Eli Manning, Danny Abriano
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May 8, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Player Name (School Name) is selected as the number XXXX overall pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports ( Adam Hunger)
May 8, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Player Name (School Name) is selected as the number XXXX overall pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports ( Adam Hunger)

Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter |: With just one day left until the 2018 NFL Draft, all eyes will be on new Giants GM Dave Gettleman to see who he takes with his No. 2 overall pick.

Whether it is one of the top quarterbacks like USC's Sam Darnold, or a top position player in Penn State RB Saquon Barkley or N.C. State's Bradley Chubb, Giants fans will hope it is the right guy at the No. 2 overall pick. 

Let's take a look at who the Giants have selected as their first-rounder in the past, and how their careers have panned out so far. 

Tags: Eli Apple, Ereck Flowers, Evan Engram, Justin Pugh, Odell Beckham Jr., Scott Thompson
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Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield drops back to pass against Ohio State during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete) (Jay LaPrete/AP)
Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield drops back to pass against Ohio State during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete) (Jay LaPrete/AP)

The Cleveland Browns could be deciding between Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield and Wyoming QB Josh Allen with the No. 1 overall pick in Thursday night's NFL Draft, reports Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com.

The Browns had been linked most recently to USC QB Sam Darnold as their likely choice at No. 1, with Mayfield's name first thrown in the mix on Tuesday. Now, the Browns are reportedly "cooling" on Darnold.

If the Browns are legitimately interested in Mayfield or Allen at No. 1 and take one of them, it could impact the likelihood of the Giants selecting Penn State RB Saquon Barkley at No. 2.

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

With just one day left until the NFL Draft, prospects across the country have their minds focused on who they may play for in their rookie seasons, including Penn State RB Saquon Barkley

But on Tuesday, those thoughts were put on the backburner as he welcomed his first child -- Jada Claire Barkley -- to the world.

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Feb 2, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Joe Namath, left, and Phil Simms pose for photos before Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)
Feb 2, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Joe Namath, left, and Phil Simms pose for photos before Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

Former Giants QB Phil Simms doesn't want the Giants to draft a quarterback, and his reasoning isn't because he wants another specific player. 

He thinks drafting one of the top-rated signal callers will be too much of a distraction. 

"What if he goes out there in the preseason and he just lights it up?" Simms told The Post's Steve Serby. "Then [Eli Manning and] the Giants start out 0-2. And what are we gonna hear? What's Steve Serby gonna write? 'Well I think it's time to see the second pick in the draft, we gotta see, we gotta see.' The fans...so there's many things...

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Nov 27, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers (74) during the third quarter between the Cleveland Browns and the New York Giants at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Giants won 27-13. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports (Scott Galvin)
Nov 27, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers (74) during the third quarter between the Cleveland Browns and the New York Giants at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Giants won 27-13. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports (Scott Galvin)

The Giants would save $2.4 million by trading OL Ereck Flowers, but he would still count for $2.1 million in dead money on their cap, reports SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.

The Giants are looking to trade Flowers during the 2018 NFL Draft, Vacchiano confirmed.

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Giants' new regime is officially underway with the team's three-day minicamp on Tuesday, led by new head coach Pat Shurmur. It is a fresh start after an atrocious 2017 season. 

For defensive end Olivier Vernon, the team's fresh start involves a position change under new defensive coordinator James Bettcher. Vernon will now work in a 3-4 defense, but how the team will exactly utilize the veteran lineman is yet to be seen. 

Vernon doesn't even know how the Giants will use him in this new system. 

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 (Tim Heitman)
(Tim Heitman)

It isn't a secret that CB Janoris Jenkins and former Cowboys WR Dez Bryant are heated rivals between the hashes. They have exchange verbal bouts over Twitter, and of course, physical ones on the field. 

But that doesn't mean Jenkins would be opposed to Bryant being his teammate next season. In fact, he has been trying to recruit him to New York. 

The Cowboys decided to release the 29-year-old veteran receiver, and he has yet to find a new home in the NFL. Like many other players around the league, Jenkins has thought about the prospect of pairing Bryant up his team's wide receivers, which in this case includes Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, and Evan Engram.

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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)

The Giants are expected by many to take RB Saquon Barkley with the No. 2 pick in Thursday night's NFL Draft. Or to perhaps trade back and take DE Bradley Chubb or OL Quenton Nelson.

One thing the Giants aren't expected to do? Take one of the highly-touted quarterbacks. And if they do pass them up, they will be showing confidence in the future of Eli Manning. And perhaps Davis Webb as well.

The 23-year-old Webb was selected by the Giants in the third round (87th overall) of the 2017 Draft. And in a peculiar move, he didn't see the field last season after Manning was benched. So what can he show new head coach Pat Shurmur during this week's voluntary minicamp that concludes on Draft Day?

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GEICO SportsNite: Beckham Jr. 00:01:52
Taylor Rooks discusses the probability of a new contract coming for Giants star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

More good news comes from the Giants' East Rutherford facility Tuesday regarding star WR Odell Beckham Jr., as he showed up for the team's three-day minicamp ahead of the NFL Draft. 

Head coach Pat Shurmur, who is leading his new team over the three days, also said that Beckham will "absolutely" be on the Giants for the 2018 season. 

Shurmur added that he and Beckham "constantly communicate" since he was placed in his new position. Their conversations -- with the latest right before the minicamp -- are "open and honest with each other" whether it is over text or a phone call. 

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Top QB prospect Baker Mayfield 00:01:01
Former Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield is expected to be taken as one of the top QB's in the 2018 NFL Draft.

What is NFL Draft week without some drama over the No. 1 pick?

With reports circulating Monday that Wyoming QB Josh Allen is no longer in consideration for the Browns' No. 1 pick, ESPN's Adam Schefter is now reporting that Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield is "definitely" in the conversation. 

Schefter continues by saying the Browns may have their choice in mind for their first overall pick, and before that decision was made, Mayfield was a player in the mix.

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Whom will the Giants draft? 00:04:50
NFL insider Pat Leonard joins the show to discuss whether the Giants should draft Saquon Barkley or a quarterback with their No. 2 pick.

Giants' second round options 00:04:54
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano and SNY NFL Draft Expert Rich Cirminiello discuss who the Giants will take in the second round of the Draft.

The bulk of the attention has been on who the Giants will do with the No. 2 overall pick in Thursday night's NFL Draft.

Will it be RB Saquon Barkley? One of the highly-touted QBs? Will they trade back and take DE Bradley Chubb or OL Quenton Nelson?

Lost in the shuffle a bit has been the fact that the Giants have a very high (34th overall) second round pick as well. And SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano and SNY NFL Draft Expert Rich Cirminiello recently discussed who the Giants will take with that pick.

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. catching the ball during pregame at MetLife Stadium. (William Hauser/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. catching the ball during pregame at MetLife Stadium. (William Hauser/USA TODAY Sports)

Last week, Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was seen using a battle rope to train alongside free-agent wide receiver Dez Bryant.

On Monday, he used a different kind of rope and a different prop: a car.

Beckham posted a workout video of him pulling a GMC Denali that, according to TMZ Sports, weighs between 5,600 pounds and 5,800 pounds, as he looks to return from injury.

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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)

The Buffalo Bills are reportedly unlikely to trade up with the Giants for the No. 2 pick, NFL Network's Ian Rapaport reports.

Giants GM Dave Gettleman has said the team "can't get too cute" with what they will do with the No. 2 pick in Thursday's draft, especially given he feels the team could pick a future Hall of Famer.

Rapaport said he would be "surprised" if the Bills, who have the Nos. 12 and 22 picks in the first round, and the Nos. 53 and 56 picks in the second, traded a bunch of assets to move up to the No. 2 slot.

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Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Saturday, March 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) (Michael Conroy/AP)
Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Saturday, March 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) (Michael Conroy/AP)

The Browns' choices for their No. 1 pick seem to have come down to two choices just three days away from the NFL Draft: Sam Darnold or Josh Allen?

Yes, there is always the prospect of the Browns going with RB Saquon Barkley with their first overall selection, knowing they have the No. 4 pick later on. However, experts including SI's Peter King see Cleveland getting their quarterback first before addressing anywhere else. 

Recently, rumblings about Allen going No. 1 have gained some steam. But King's most trusted source says Allen is too much of a risk, and the Browns don't want to get another quarterback pick wrong.

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

Former Jets QB and current SNY analyst Ray Lucas is pretty firm on who he thinks Giants GM Dave Gettleman should select with the second pick in the Draft on Thursday night.

"He's been funny in the papers, joking around and stuff -- it's a very important pick," Lucas said about Gettleman on Sunday night on SNY. "And if he doesn't take Saquon Barkley, somebody should get him drug tested."

Barkley, 21, is viewed by most as the best player in the Draft, and Gettleman didn't try to hide his feelings about him when speaking at his pre-Draft press conference last week...

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New York Giants quarterback Davis Webb during the second half of an NFL preseason football game against the New England Patriots, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson) (Winslow Townson/AP)
New York Giants quarterback Davis Webb during the second half of an NFL preseason football game against the New England Patriots, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson) (Winslow Townson/AP)

For most players participating in the Giants' three-day minicamp that begins Tuesday, it is just another offseason workout. 

But, for backup QB Davis Webb, it may be the only opportunity to impress new head coach Pat Shurmur. 

The debate since the Giants received their No. 2 overall pick following an atrocious 3-13 campaign last season has been whether or not to take a quarterback to be Eli Manning's successor when his time is up. But many forget that Webb has yet to prove himself in a regular season game after seeing nothing but the bench in his rookie season. 

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New York Giants strong safety Landon Collins (21) just misses an interception on a ball intended for Cleveland Browns tight end Seth DeValve (87) during the second half at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants strong safety Landon Collins (21) just misses an interception on a ball intended for Cleveland Browns tight end Seth DeValve (87) during the second half at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports)

Giants S Landon Collins underwent his second surgery to repair his right forearm on Monday, per ESPN's Jordan Raanan. 

It was reported two weeks ago that doctors didn't see Collins' forearm healing the way they had hoped, and a second surgery to repair it again was recommended.

Now that it is complete, the expected recovery time for the All-Pro safety is 6-8 weeks, which will have him recovered before the start of training camp. 

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GEICO SportsNite: Dez Bryant 00:02:28
On GEICO SportsNite, Ralph Vacchiano discusses the possibility of the New York Giants signing Dez Bryant after releasing Brandon Marshall.

He might want to see a deal get done, but the Giants currently don't have any interest in employing former Cowboys WR Dez Bryant next season.

At least, not right now.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport went on "NFL Up to the Minute" Friday night, and said the Giants haven't been among the teams he has heard looking at the wideout at the moment.

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 (Isaiah J. Downing)
(Isaiah J. Downing)

The Giants have finalized a trade for Broncos P Riley Dixon, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

In return, the Giants sent a conditional seventh-round 2019 draft pick to Denver.

After the release of P Brad Wing, the Giants have been in search of a new punter. Well, with former Raiders P Marquette King joining the Broncos this offseason, Dixon was on the trading block and the Giants appear to want his services for next season. 

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Extend Odell or sign Dez Bryant? 00:02:36
The Daily News Live panel debates whether the Giants should spend money on an extension for Odell Beckham Jr. or a contract for Dez Bryant.

The Daily News Live panel debates whether the Giants should spend money on an extension for Odell Beckham Jr. or a contract for Dez Bryant.


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

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The Giants are sitting in the power position of the NFL draft, holding the fates of several teams and players in the palms of their hands. And everyone is watching, waiting and guessing, because no one is really sure what Dave Gettleman is going to do.

And that, by the way, is just how the Giants GM likes it.

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SNY.tv pieces together the best moments from Giants GM Dave Gettleman's pre-draft press conference.

Dave Gettleman held his pre-Draft press conference on Thursday, and as he usually does, fired off a bunch of awesome one-liners, had fun with the reporters in attendance, and poked fun at his heavy Boston accent.

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

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

The two teams are in talks about holding the joint workouts, according to a source, which would take place sometime during the week of Aug. 12-18. The training camp sessions would lead up to the Giants' Week 2 preseason game against the Lions at Ford Field in Detroit on Friday, Aug. 17 at 7 p.m. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 (Andrew Innerarity)
(Andrew Innerarity)

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

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

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

Tags: Odell Beckham Jr., Scott Thompson
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Top RB prospect Saquon Barkley 00:01:02
Former Penn State running back Saquon Barkley is expected to be taken as the top RB in the 2018 NFL Draft.

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

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

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

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Top QB prospect Sam Darnold 00:01:02
Former USC quarterback Sam Darnold is expected to be taken as one of the top QB's in the 2018 NFL Draft.

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

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

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

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