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New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul celebrates a sack of New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees during the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul celebrates a sack of New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees during the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

If Jason Pierre-Paul doesn't sign a long-term contract before the start of the free-agent signing period on March 9, he will count for approximately $17 million against the New York Giants' salary cap. That would be more than 10 percent of the projected $168 million cap, and the second-highest number on the team.

It would also mean the Giants will have $33 million in cap space (or about 20 percent of the projected cap) tied up in their two starting defensive ends, and a total of about $44 million (26 percent) tied up in three-fourths of their defensive line -- with the fourth member (defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins) looking to cash in for himself when free agency starts.

The Giants are still projected to have around $15-17 million to spend in free agency, assuming the cap is set at $168 million. They can also clear more room by cutting some players in the next 10 days or restructuring some of their biggest deals.

Tags: Damon Harrison, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, J.T. Thomas, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Johnathan Hankins, Justin Pugh, Olivier Vernon, Shane Vereen, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo walks the sideline as they played an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth) (Michael Ainsworth/AP)
New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo walks the sideline as they played an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth) (Michael Ainsworth/AP)

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News and notes from Ben McAdoo's conference call with reporters on Monday, one day after the Giants' 20-19 opening day win in Dallas:

  • McAdoo confirmed that Josh Brown is the Giants kicker again, now that he's been reinstated following his one-game suspension for violating the NFL's Personal Conduct Policy (and being arrested for domestic violence). For the moment, the Giants have two kickers on their roster, including Randy Bullock who was paid $670,000 to replace Brown on Sunday and missed an extra point. As for whether Bullock will remain with the Giants, McAdoo said "Right now we have two kickers on the roster. That could change shortly. We're in the process right now of evaluating."
  • Since the moment the Giants cut MLB Jasper Brinkley on the final cut-down day there has been suspicion that they'll eventually re-sign him since, after all, he was their starting middle linebacker last season and competing for that job all summer long. With J.T. Thomas (knee) headed to injured reserve is the return of Brinkley a possibility? "Never say never," said McAdoo. As for whether another linebacker is likely, he said "We're going to take a look out there, have some conversations and see what's best for us moving forward. It's preliminary to have that discussion right now."
  • McAdoo was pleased the way his secondary held the dangerous Dez Bryant to just one catch for eight yards. It appeared that newcomer Janoris "Jackrabbit" Jenkins did most of the work on Bryant, though McAdoo insisted he had plenty of help. "I think Janoris had a heck of a day yesterday," McAdoo said. "He's not the only one that was matching up against Dez. DRC made a couple of really nice plays there, too. Jackrabbit really shadowed him for the most part of the day. He competed his tail off and it was a big, huge effort for us."
  • McAdoo on the debut of rookie CB Eli Apple, the Giants' first-round pick: "I think he was feeling his way early," he said. "He got his feet underneath him as the game wore on. Really competed at a higher level as the game wore on. Just like a lot of young players, they have to feel their way a little bit at times. You play through it and I think he made some nice tackles as the game wore on."
  • Eli Manning presented McAdoo with the game ball in the post-game locker room. So what did he do with the ball from his first victory? "I gave it to our equipment guys," McAdoo said. "They're going to take care of it for me. Not sure what they're going to do with it. It'll be a prized possession, that's for sure."
  • The Giants' good fortune in the health department continues. Other than Thomas, McAdoo reported no injuries out of the Dallas game. "We have some guys that will be limited right now," he said. "But no."
Tags: Eli Apple, Eli Manning, J.T. Thomas, Janoris Jenkins, Jasper Brinkley, Josh Brown
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New York Giants outside linebacker J.T. Thomas (Vincent Carchietta/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants outside linebacker J.T. Thomas (Vincent Carchietta/USA Today Sports Images)

Latest Update (Sep. 12)

4:15 p.m.: The Giants have placed J.T. Thomas on the IR with torn ligaments in his left knee, the team announced on Monday

Thomas' roster spot was taken by K Josh Brown, who was reinstated to the 53-man roster after missing Week 1 while serving an NFL suspension.


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New York Giants outside linebacker J.T. Thomas (55) sacks Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Jim O'Connor)
New York Giants outside linebacker J.T. Thomas (55) sacks Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Jim O'Connor)

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J.T. Thomas was back at practice on Tuesday after spending nearly the entire offseason with a hamstring injury. Thomas was the team's WILL linebacker last season after signing a three-year, $12 million deal but his season was cut short by an ankle injury, which landed him on IR in December.

A lot has transpired since then. The Giants have brought in several new faces to bolster the linebacker unit. Kelvin Sheppard, Keenan Robinson and rookies B.J. Goodson and Ishaq Williams are all in camp and are ahead of Thomas at this point.

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 (William Hauser)
(William Hauser)

The Giants have announced their inactives for Saturday's preseason game against the Bills in Buffalo.

WR Geremy Davis (hamstring), TE Will Johnson (stinger), CB Leon McFadden (bruised lower leg), LB J.T. Thomas III (PUP, hamstring), and DE Kerry Wynn (groin) are all out and will not travel to Buffalo.

WR Victor Cruz (groin), LG Justin Pugh (shoulder), and CB Eli Apple (knee) all made the trip.

However, Cruz is not expected to play.

Tags: Eli Apple, Geremy Davis, J.T. Thomas, Justin Pugh, Kerry Wynn, Victor Cruz

New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo at the podium after the second day of training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (William Hauser)
New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo at the podium after the second day of training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (William Hauser)

TE Larry Donnell, OL John Jerry, and rookie CB Matt Smalley all left practice early today with injuries.

Donnell, who was carted to the locker room after running wind sprints, was dehydrated, Ben McAdoo said after practice, while Jerry was forced to leave early due to an illness.

Smalley, an undrafted free agent from Lafayette, was helped off the field after trying to defend a pass to WR Darius Powe. McAdoo later told reporters Smalley was dealing with a shoulder issue. 

Tags: Eli Apple, Geremy Davis, J.T. Thomas, John Jerry, Kerry Wynn, Larry Donnell, Nikita Whitlock, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz
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New York Giants corner back Eli Apple (28) covers wide receiver Victor Cruz (80) during mini camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (William Hauser)
New York Giants corner back Eli Apple (28) covers wide receiver Victor Cruz (80) during mini camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (William Hauser)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ -- Little by little, Ben McAdoo's first depth chart is shaping up and the starters for the preseason opener this Friday against Miami are becoming clear. The Giants coach won't confirm much, of course, and a lot could change when the preseason games actually begin. But a lot of the same players are either working with the first team or part of a rotation.

That isn't an accident at this stage of training camp, or just part of some experiment. By now, McAdoo has the players in the places he wants them.

Tags: Darian Thompson, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, J.T. Thomas, Janoris Jenkins, Jasper Brinkley, Jay Bromley, Keenan Robinson, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Victor Cruz, Ralph Vacchiano
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(William Hauser)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ -- The Giants held their longest, most physical practice of training camp on Saturday. It was, as head coach Ben McAdoo said, "a big moment."

"It was a heavy hitting physical practice and we had a lot of explosive movements in tight quarters," McAdoo said. "I think we had 42 plays in the red and the green zone today. Some team, some 9 on 7 with the big guys and some 7 on 7, but a lot of contact and a lot of physicality and we got through it. We checked the box and it wasn't as good as it could be, but we did check the box and it will be the starting point for a good foundation."

Tags: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, J.T. Thomas, Janoris Jenkins, Jasper Brinkley, Jay Bromley, Keenan Robinson, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Victor Cruz, Ralph Vacchiano
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Giants head coach Ben McAdoo spoke with the media on Thursday. Here's what we learned...

  • He wants the Giants to have a physical camp, and the pads will be going on next Tuesday.
  • JT Thomas (hamstring), Jay Bromely (ankle), and Damon Harrison (knee) will start training camp on the PUP list, but none of their injuries are considered serious.
  • McAdoo needs to see Victor Cruz during the conditioning evaluation before determining if he's ready to practice.
  • There's high expectations for the team and the goal is a fifth Super Bowl title.
Tags: J.T. Thomas, Jay Bromley, Victor Cruz

Middle linebacker Stephen Tulloch (Tim Fuller/USA Today Sports Images)
Middle linebacker Stephen Tulloch (Tim Fuller/USA Today Sports Images)

The Giants made several moves this past offseason in an effort to upgrade their long-neglected linebacker corps, drafting Clemson's B.J. Goodson in the fourth round, and signing free agents Keenan Robinson and Kelvin Sheppard. They also opted to bring back Jasper Brinkley, who played admirably at MLB the second half of the season.

In addition to the mainstays Devon Kennard, Jonathan Casillas, Mark Herzlich and J.T. Thomas, the Giants hope find a formidable three out of this bunch. Not many experts believe they will but the team will forge ahead anyway.

Does that mean they won't pursue any new options should they arise? Probably not, which is why the question is being posed of whether recently-released Stephen Tulloch of Detroit is on their radar.

Tags: Devon Kennard, J.T. Thomas, Jasper Brinkley, Jonathan Casillas, Mark Herzlich, John Fennelly
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New York Giants outside linebacker Devon Kennard (59) rushes during the second quarter at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement)
New York Giants outside linebacker Devon Kennard (59) rushes during the second quarter at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement)

The Giants have been known throughout their history for having superstar linebackers manning their defense but over the past decade, that identity has eroded under the stewardship of GM Jerry Reese.

The Giants have not drafted a linebacker in the first round since they took Carl Banks with the third overall selection in the 1984 NFL Draft. Since Reese took over the Giants' draft in 2007, the Giants have used only a handful of picks on linebackers, most of them in the middle to late rounds.

Reese has only selected two linebackers over the last five drafts. He took Clemson's B.J. Goodson in the fourth round in April and USC's Devon Kennard in the fifth round back in 2014.

Tags: Devon Kennard, J.T. Thomas, Jasper Brinkley, Jonathan Casillas, Mark Herzlich
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 New York Giants free safety Landon Collins was one of the few defensive regulars who was able to stay on the field for all 16 games last season. (Bill Streicher)
New York Giants free safety Landon Collins was one of the few defensive regulars who was able to stay on the field for all 16 games last season. (Bill Streicher)

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The New York Giants finished the 2015 season with the worst defense in the league statistically and the goal this spring is to plug the many leaks that caused them to drop so many games in the fourth quarter.

It may sound funny, but they really addressed their defensive problems last year at this time. The problem is, the plan went awry when many of the players they brought in suffered season-altering or season-ending injuries.

Tags: Devon Kennard, J.T. Thomas, Jason Pierre-Paul, Jasper Brinkley, Jon Beason, Jonathan Casillas, Landon Collins, John Fennelly
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 (Robert Deutsch)
(Robert Deutsch)

The Giants provided injury updates after practice on Thursday...

WR Dwayne Harris, LB Devon Kennard, DT Marcus Kuhn, and DE George Selvie did not practice.

OL Ereck Flowers and LB J.T. Thomas were both limited during practice.

Tags: Devon Kennard, Dwayne Harris, Ereck Flowers, George Selvie, J.T. Thomas, Markus Kuhn

Eli Manning (Robert Deutsch)
Eli Manning (Robert Deutsch)

The Washington Redskins (4-6) host the New York Giants (5-5) on Sunday in a Week 12 clash.

Washington is 4-1 at FedEx Field this season and has won four in a row in its own building since the season opener against Miami. This game pins the first-place team in the NFC East against Washington, which would slide into the top spot with a victory over the Giants.

Here's a short breakdown of what to expect as well as a prediction:

Tags: J.T. Thomas, Uani' Unga, Sam Spiegelman
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Oct 11, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; 
		New York Giants tight end Larry Donnell (84) catches the game winning touchdown in front of San Francisco 49ers inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman (53) during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports  (Robert Deutsch)
Oct 11, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants tight end Larry Donnell (84) catches the game winning touchdown in front of San Francisco 49ers inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman (53) during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

The Giants will be preparing for their six-game stretch run by getting several key contributors back from injury. CB Prince Amukamara (pec) and TE Larry Donnell (neck) are scheduled to practice in full on Wednesday.

Prince told reporters on Monday that he is "100 percent" and head coach Tom Coughlin also noted that Amukamara has received medical clearance to play, but would not put a percentage on his health. The Giants are next to last in passing defense and Amukamara's return can only help the besieged secondary.

"I think he can add a lot," Coughlin said when asked what Prince can bring to the defense. "He's a good player and he's demonstrated that over the years. He'll hang in there, he's done a nice job of that. Everybody gets beat on a route once in a while, but he hangs in there and he keeps battling away. He has a strong physical presence, so I think there's no doubt he'll add tremendously."

Tags: J.T. Thomas, Justin Pugh, Larry Donnell, Odell Beckham Jr., Prince Amukamara, Uani' Unga, Weston Richburg, John Fennelly
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Oct 4, 2015; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara (20) recovers the ball and gets tackled by Buffalo Bills runningback Cierre Wood (41) during the second half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Giants beat the Bills 24 to 10. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports (Timothy T. Ludwig)
Oct 4, 2015; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara (20) recovers the ball and gets tackled by Buffalo Bills runningback Cierre Wood (41) during the second half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Giants beat the Bills 24 to 10. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports (Timothy T. Ludwig)

Fresh off a bye week, Prince Amukamara is anxious to get back to football.

But it's more than just Week 11 that Amukamara has been away from the field.

Sidelined by a pectoral injury, Amukamara has missed the Giants' last five games. However, he's expected to return for Sunday's NFC East tilt with Washington.

Tags: J.T. Thomas, Prince Amukamara, Uani' Unga, Sam Spiegelman
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