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Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul said the potential return of WR Odell Beckham, Jr. on Monday night against the Lions could lift up the team, but that they can't rely on it to carry them.

Beckham is listed as questionable due to a high-ankle sprain.

"I feel like anybody with a special talent lifts up the whole team," Pierre-Paul said. "You can't look towards one guy to lift up a team. That's not what 'team' is. 'Team' is every guy coming together and playing together as one. We can't depend on one guy, otherwise you'll never find yourself in the same place. Odell is a special kind of player and hopefully he is able to go, but if he's not, the next guy has to step up. That's basically what it is."

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 (William Hauser)
(William Hauser)

Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul is ready to "destory everything" this upcoming season. 

Pierre-Paul proved that he can still play at an elite level, and the Giants rewarded him with a four-year, $62 million contract this offseason because of it. Now, he is aimed at a new goal this season: Defensive Player of the Year. 

"I have no choice but to go for that," Pierre-Paul said. "I'm the type of dudge, I'm greedy but at the same time do your job right... Everbody has goals they want to achieve. If I get that, I get thta but I'm going to play to my full capability and play to 110 percent." 

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New York Giants safety Landon Collins (21) reacts after stopping the Philadelphia Eagles on fourth down during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants safety Landon Collins (21) reacts after stopping the Philadelphia Eagles on fourth down during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

While the Super Bowl champion Giants players and coaches of 1986 and 1990 are proud of their accomplishments in New York, many of them feel like this year's defense can stand out, according to the New York Post

Linebacker Carl Banks, who won two titles with the Giants, said these defensive players have a chance to shine on the big stage. 

"I think they can be as dominant a defense as there can be in this era of football,'' Banks said. "I think they check all the boxes in terms of how they match up with different styles of offenses. Against a run-heavy offense, they check the box with 'Snacks' [defensive tackle Damon Harrison] and the guys up front. If it's a spread offense, they've got cornerbacks and safeties. They're a tough-minded team." 

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Aug 21, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) throws a pass as Cleveland Browns defensive end Jamie Meder (98) defends during the first half at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)
Aug 21, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) throws a pass as Cleveland Browns defensive end Jamie Meder (98) defends during the first half at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

The Giants were unable to find the endzone for a second game to open the preseason, but Eli Manning completed 10 of 14 passes and Jason Pierre-Paul intercepted a pass from Brock Osweiler in a 10-6 loss to the Browns on Monday night. 

The Giants played their starters early on, but kept losing wide receivers to injury as the game progessed. Odell Beckham left in the second quarter with an ankle injury, Brandon Marshall was sidelined with a shoulder injury, and Tavarres King suffered a sprained ankle in the fourth quarter. On the defensive side, CB Michael Hunter left the game with a concussion.

Manning threw for 80 yards, while Geno Smith entered in relief and went 11-for-17 with an interception. The Giants went 3-for-12 on third down and struggled to hold onto the football as RB Wayne Gallman and WR Sterling Shepard both fumbled.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Eli Manning, Jason Pierre-Paul, Odell Beckham Jr.
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 (William Hauser)
(William Hauser)

Giants QB Eli Manning, DE Jason Pierre-Paul, and CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie are listed as healthy scratches for the first preseason game against the Steelers Friday. 

Wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall are not on the list, meaning they could see some time on the field. 

Among the injury-related scratches are WR Sterling Shepard, LB Keenan Robinson, and WR Tavarres King

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Manning, Jason Pierre-Paul, Odell Beckham Jr.
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New York Giants linebacker Devon Kennard during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. (Jeff Hanisch/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants linebacker Devon Kennard during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. (Jeff Hanisch/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants linebacker Devon Kennard said he hopes New York's defense can maintain its high energy a year after giving up the second fewest points in the league.

"I want to see us set the tempo from ground zero, and that's me personally," Kennard said. "If safeties and linebackers are communicating well, and we are getting the things that we need to to the D-line, from a linebacker perspective, I think it starts there. If we are doing that and being physical, I like where we are headed."

The Giants bring back a strong defensive core with a defensive line that features Jason Pierre-Paul, Damon Harrison and Olivier Vernon; linebackers Kennard and Jonathan Casillas; and a secondary of Eli Apple, Janoris Jenkins, Landon Collins and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. By retaining so many defenders, Kennard said the team's familiarity with the system and each other can only help moving forward.

"We already know so much about the defense, so now we can get into the little details and nuances that maybe a year or two ago we weren't able to hit the same way because there were so many guys trying to learn the defense," said Kennard, who recorded 61 combined tackles, one sack, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery while playing all 16 games last season.

Tags: Damon Harrison, Devon Kennard, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Landon Collins, Olivier Vernon
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Update from Giants Training Camp 00:01:25
Eamon McAnaney reports from Giants Training Camp where Jason Pierre-Paul sat out of practice Wednesday for what was described as a day off.

Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul got the day off from practice Wednesday in a plan he and the team hope can keep him healthier this season. 

The 28-year-old suited up in 12 games last year and has not played in 16 games in a season since 2014. 

"It's been a while, but leading up to it I have been playing well, but the main thing for me is to stay healthy and I feel like what Coach did today was a big help, as much as I wanted to be out there with my teammates," he said. "Just sitting on the sidelines and seeing things, I know exactly what is going to happen. And if that person doesn't do it, it just makes me know that I know the game mentally and I can just sit back and watch and focus on what I need to do right."

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(William Hauser)

Giants head coach Ben McAdoo spoke with reporters after practice on Wednesday. Here's what we learned...


  • WR Sterling Shepard suffered a low ankle sprain running a "hammer route" as McAdoo said. Using the cart to get from off the field was just a precaution. He will undergo further tests to determine the exact diagnosis.
  • CB Valentino Blake sat out of practice with lower back tightness. It is the same injury he had coming into training camp. 
  • Mike Nugent kicked for the first time Wednesday. McAdoo simply said "he did a nice job, fit right in."
  • McAdoo and his staff believed it was a smart move to give DE Jason Pierre-Paul the day off.
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There isn't a lot of uncertainty in the Giants' lineup, but there are still some lingering questions as they head into a pivotal year. They are coming off an 11-5 season and are expected to be a Super Bowl contender. But they are far from a powerhouse team without any flaws.

So you've undoubtedly got plenty of questions. I'll take my best chance at giving you some answers here in my pre-training camp reader mailbag, Part I:

Tags: Bobby Hart, Brandon Marshall, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Jason Pierre-Paul, John Jerry, Justin Pugh, Weston Richburg, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) celebrates a sack of New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports
New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) celebrates a sack of New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul said at a charity event on Thursday that he believes the Giants can improve upon last season's success, reports Brian Heyman of Newsday.

"I feel like no spot is weak," Pierre-Paul said. "I feel like with the players that we have, as long as we all work together, we'll be undefeated. Nobody can defeat you when you all are working together."

Most of the team's defense from last season remains the same besides the loss of Johnathan Hankins, and they've added offensive players like veteran receiver Brandon Marshall and rookie Evan Engram.

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(Geoff Burke)

The Giants flaunt one of the highest-paid defensive lines in all of football. Can they live up to their contracts? Here's a closer look at what to expect...


Projected StartersJason Pierre-Paul, Olivier Vernon, Damon Harrison, Dalvin Tomlinson

Projected BackupsRobert Thomas, Romeo Okwara, Jay Bromley, Avery Moss, Kerry Wynn, Owa Odighizuwa

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Giants began the offseason with a heartbreaking playoff loss that left them with mixed feelings. They were crushed that they blew an 11-5 season and a terrific opportunity. But they were hopeful that they were on the verge of being a true contender again.

Everything they did this offseason was with that in mind. There's still a lot of work to be done when training camp opens on July 27, of course, and a lot can change between now and Opening Day on Sept. 10. But for now, here are five things we've learned about these Giants as their "offseason" officially comes to an end:

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Bobby Hart, Darian Thompson, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Jason Pierre-Paul, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Shane Vereen, Sterling Shepard, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (William Hauser)
(William Hauser)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Every NFL coach gives the same speech this time of year, as minicamp ends and the long, six-week wait until training camp begins. They beg their players to be careful, to stay safe and out of trouble.

Ben McAdoo's speech, though, couldn't possibly resonate as much as the example of what happened two years ago to Jason Pierre-Paul.

"I'm pretty sure they get the picture," the Giants defensive end said on Thursday, as the Giants officially concluded their three-day minicamp. "They understand the message. We had team meetings with a list of instructions with the better opportunities you are going to get. Trust me I am living proof of it. You know, two years ago … I probably wouldn't even be here."

Two years ago, JPP was about halfway through the six weeks between minicamp and training camp when a fireworks accident left him with a badly damaged right hand. He lost a finger and parts of several others. He said his life was in jeopardy at one point. And at the time, his career -- and any hope of a long-term contract he once seemed sure to land -- were in jeopardy.

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GEICO SportsNite: Giants golf 00:02:22
Ralph Vacchiano chats with Zak DeOssie and Justin Tuck at the Giants' golf outing about their hopes for the future of the franchise.

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BAYONNE, N.J. - Justin Tuck was right there to witness the best of Jason Pierre-Paul -- his breakout, 16 1/2-sack season that was now six long years ago. JPP has been through a lot since then, including multiple surgeries on his hand, groin and back.

The injuries and time have undoubtedly taken a toll. But Tuck still believes his old teammate is even better than he was before.

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New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) celebrates a sack of New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland)
New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) celebrates a sack of New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

In the last two full games Jason Pierre-Paul played last season, he was a monster. He forced two fumbles, he had 5 ½ sacks. He was everywhere on the field, as disruptive as he had been in years.

"I was just getting warmed up, man," JPP said on Thursday. "I was just starting to get on a roll."

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The Giants wanted to bring Johnathan Hankins back and they did all the right things to try to make that happen. They made him a generous offer. They patiently waited for his response. They didn't seriously pursue other defensive tackles or (for the most part) publicly pressure him to take their deal. They let their offer sit there and gave him all the space he needed until he decided to make up his mind.

In the end, he found his riches elsewhere. They always knew that was the risk.

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 (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
(Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Free agent DT Johnathan Hankins has agreed to a four-year deal with the Colts worth $30 million, reports Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Hankins, who visited with the Colts on Tuesday, will get $14.5 million guaranteed.

The Giants' offer to Hankins was for $28 million over four years, according to Paul Schwartz of the NY Post.

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Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

PHOENIX - At the miserable end of the 2015 season, as the Giants were basically firing Tom Coughlin, John Mara wasn't willing to let his general manager completely off the hook. He officially put Jerry Reese on notice when he said "Jerry knows this is on him."

A $200 million spending spree, an 11-5 record, and a return to the playoffs later, it appears that Reese isn't on the Giants' hot seat anymore.

"There was a lot of heat on Jerry," Giants co-owner Steve Tisch said during the NFL Owners Meetings on Monday at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel. "John Mara, my partner, made it very clear to Jerry that 'We're watching you and we have very high expectations, and it's really your time to deliver, Jerry.' So the moves he made last season, clearly in retrospect, were hugely significant and changed the whole defense of the team. 

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 (Jerome Miron)
(Jerome Miron)

University of Tennessee DE Derek Barnett will be the Giants' pick in this year's NFL draft, ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. predicted in his third Mock Draft.

The Giants have the 23rd overall pick.

Kiper also had the Giants selecting Barnett in his second mock draft. He had New York selecting Wisconsin T Ryan Ramczyk in his first mock draft...

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GEICO SportsNite: Giants moves 00:02:28
Jeane Coakley and Ralph Vacchiano discuss Jason Pierre Paul's decision to stay with the Giants and the addition of Geno Smith.

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It was just over 20 months ago that the first call was made to the Giants' offices with a scary report that lacked many important details. Their star defensive end had been involved in a fireworks accident, and no one could tell them how bad it really was.

In the days that followed, as they struggled to get information, the anger inside their offices grew. By the time the extent of the damage to Jason Pierre-Paul's right hand was clear, his NFL future was in doubt. And if he had one, it sure looked like his bridge back to the Giants had been burned.

Less than two years later, JPP's miracle return is complete. He's not just an NFL player, he's again one of the NFL's premier pass rushers, and a key cog in the Giants' defense. He's also once again a big part of the Giants' future, which they secured on Friday when they signed him to a massive, four-year, $62 million deal...

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 (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
(Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

The Giants have agreed with DE Jason Pierre-Paul on a four-year deal, a source confirmed to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.

The deal has a base of $62 million and can be worth up to $66 million, according to Vacchiano. $40 million is guaranteed.

The Giants placed the nearly $17 million franchise tag on Pierre-Paul earlier this offseason, but did so with the hope that they'd be able to reach a long-term deal before the deadline, Vacchiano reported on March 3.

"We're going to create history," Pierre-Paul said in a statement released by the team. "We made it to the playoffs, but unfortunately I wasn't there to play. But I'm looking to get back to the playoffs this year with that great defensive line that we have, and the great defense that coach Spags (coordinator Steve Spagnuolo) is going to put out there."

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New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg warms up before a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg warms up before a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

Players always talk about the non-financial intangibles when they enter free agency, about their desire to find the right situation and play for a winner. But the truth about free agency often is this: Money talks.

Still, the real top players in the market sometimes have choices to make when the money is close, and that's where things could get interesting for Mike Maccagnan and the New York Jets. He's got the money to spend to begin the makeover his roster (approximately $37 million in cap space and maybe more to come). But if his top targets end up with multiple, lucrative options, does the Jets GM have the rest of the package to lure those players to New York?

It could be an interesting question right off the bat with a report already emerging that the Chicago Bears are ready to battle the Jets for free-agent quarterback Mike Glennon. Not that the Bears are in great shape -- they're coming off a 3-13 season and have missed the playoffs the last six seasons just like the Jets. Maybe Glennon, or any player, could make the argument that the Jets are the more attractive spot between the two.

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Oct 16, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) reacts to a referee's call during the fourth quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 16, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) reacts to a referee's call during the fourth quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

INDIANAPOLIS -- Ben McAdoo was thrilled to learn that Jason Pierre-Paul would be back with the Giants and he was unconcerned with the nearly $17 million cost. And never mind that the cost is more than half of the Giants' available cap space.

McAdoo believes that won't hinder the Giants as they go about their offseason business at all.

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Giants free agency plans 00:01:43
Ralph Vacchiano discusses the Giants plans heading into free agency, including the possibility of signing running back Adrian Peterson.

The Giants got a big jump on their offseason business when they slapped the "franchise tag" on Jason Pierre-Paul on Monday, but that's likely to only be the start. They have a lot more work to do as they try to load up for one more Eli Manning-led Super Bowl run.

The NFL scouting combine gives them their first look at who they might draft with the 23rd overall pick, though there are many other things they can accomplish at what is essentially the NFL's annual convention this week. They have some of their own players to try to take care of before the start of free agency, so they can have the salary cap space to get some of the offensive help they need.

So, with Giants coach Ben McAdoo set to talk to the media on Wednesday - and with GM Jerry Reese declining to speak at the combine this year, for the first time since he took over in 2007 - here are five questions the Giants are going to be trying to answer this week:

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Giants put franchise tag on JPP 00:02:43
The New York Giants placed the franchise tag on Jason Pierre-Paul on Tuesday with the hopes of agreeing on a long-term deal.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

The New York Giants want to keep their rejuvenated defense together, and they're willing to pay the price to do it. They proved that on Tuesday when they officially slapped the franchise tag on DE Jason Pierre-Paul.

That move all but guarantees the 28-year-old defensive end will play at least one more season with the Giants, though both sides seem to be hoping they'll soon strike a long-term deal that will keep him with the Giants for much longer. The tag, which is expected to be worth more than $17 million, will become official on Tuesday, an NFL source confirmed. But the source added the two sides will likely continue to talk in the hopes of agreeing to a new contract before free agency opens on March 9.

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New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul during the preseason game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul during the preseason game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

The New York Giants' decision to use their franchise tag on Jason Pierre-Paul probably won't sit well with either him or his agent. Pierre-Paul didn't want it. And if he doesn't end up with a long-term contract, he surely won't be happy.

The decision also tied up a dangerous amount of cap space into one position on the Giants' roster. They currently have $44 million (26 percent) tied up in three-fourths of their defensive line, with the fourth member (Johnathan Hankins) looking to cash in for himself when free agency starts.

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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 defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins (95) during the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. (Kevin Hoffman)
New York Giants defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins (95) during the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. (Kevin Hoffman)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

There was a time when the Giants didn't value defensive tackles nearly as much as they do defensive ends. They wanted a rotation of outside pass rushers and they were willing to spend money and picks to get it. Inside, they were content with a bunch of big bodies clogging up the running lanes - preferably players they developed themselves.

Of course, that hasn't been the same since Jerry Reese took over as general manager. He once made a big offer to Albert Haynesworth in 2009 and he pondered a big-money run at Ndamukong Suh in 2015. Five times in his 10 drafts he's taken a defensive tackle in the first three rounds. And last March he gave Damon Harrison a five-year, $46.25 million contract with $24 million guaranteed.

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 (Bruce Kluckhohn)
(Bruce Kluckhohn)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

Adrian Peterson sent the hearts of Giants fans fluttering earlier this month when he sent out the Tweet heard 'round the tri-state area. "The Giants been making some interesting moves," he wrote. And all of a sudden, many pictured him running through the Meadowlands, wearing blue.

Even though Peterson is suddenly available, and even if he's willing to come to the Giants at a reasonable price, is it smart for a Giants team with so many needs to invest anything at all in a soon-to-be 32-year-old back who played all of three games last season (and rushed just 37 times for 72 yards) because he needed surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee?

Yes, the Giants are going to try desperately to win another Super Bowl in the next three years before Eli Manning's contract expires. And yes, their running game last season was a mess. But that had as much to do -- and maybe more to do -- with their poor offensive line than with the play of their running backs.

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New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) celebrates after recovering a fumble during the first half against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch)
New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) celebrates after recovering a fumble during the first half against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch)

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Two years ago the Giants hit Jason Pierre-Paul with the "franchise tag" with the hopes that it would only be a place-holder until he agreed to a long-term deal. It almost happened, too, with talks that continued well into the summer - right up until his infamous fireworks accident on the 4th of July.

Then last year the Giants didn't use the tag on him when he was still recovering from his hand injuries and his value was obviously low, and it worked out when they lured him back for just $10 million and one year.

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 (Ed Mulholland)
(Ed Mulholland)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

The NFL offseason may be off to a slow start, but things are surely about to pick up with cuts and contract restructures on their way, and with the scouting combine just two weeks away.

With that in mind, here is our weekly look at some of the biggest questions facing the Giants, what's new about them, where they stand on finding an answer, and if any of the issues have changed.

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New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) celebrates a sack of New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland)
New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) celebrates a sack of New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

Each week, SNY will put a current player, a position, or perhaps a draft or free agent target of the Giants in the spotlight as part of our regular offseason coverage. This week we begin with the intriguing figure that may hold the key to all of the Giants' offseason plans:

DE Jason Pierre-Paul.

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 (Vincent Carchietta)
(Vincent Carchietta)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

The Super Bowl is over and the offseason has begun, meaning the Giants can start reshaping their roster in the hopes they can make a run at Super Bowl LII. And even though they went 11-5 and returned to the playoffs last season, there's a lot of work to be done.

So here are some of the biggest questions the Giants must answer this offseason. We'll check back in each week to see how the Giants are doing, whether any of the questions have been answered, and whether any have changed:

1.) How are they going to fix their offensive line?

Considering how their poor offense dragged them down this season, this is the Giants' most important question. They have a franchise quarterback in Eli Manning and one of the biggest weapons in the game in Odell Beckham, Jr.. If Manning could get better protection and a few holes could be open in the running game, maybe the offense could live up to the expectations.

Tags: Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Pugh, Larry Donnell, Marshall Newhouse, Olivier Vernon, Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Weston Richburg, Will Tye
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 (David J. Phillip/AP)
(David J. Phillip/AP)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

It was eight years ago today, Friday, that the Giants pulled off one of the biggest upsets in Super Bowl history and knocked off the undefeated New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII. Then, four years and two days later in Super Bowl XLVI, the Giants did it to the Patriots again.

The Patriots are now in their seventh Super Bowl in the 16 seasons of the Bill Belichick-Tom Brady Era of dominance. They've won four of their first six. Their only two losses have come to the Giants. And while those two Giants teams were very different, despite having the same coach (Tom Coughlin) and quarterback (Eli Manning) the gameplan they used each time was largely the same.

Equally important was this: Both times the Giants went in completely unafraid...

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New York Giants defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins and New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul in the first half at MetLife Stadium. (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins and New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul in the first half at MetLife Stadium. (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

Rebuilding the New York Giants' defense cost them a ton of money last offseason, and keeping it from falling apart again might cost a little more.

But it's the price they have to pay if they want to win another championship in the Eli Manning era. And that's why between now and the start of free agency in March, the Giants have to do their best to re-sign Johnathan Hankins and Jason Pierre-Paul.

Tags: Brian Winters, Damon Harrison, Eli Manning, Jason Pierre-Paul, Jay Bromley, Johnathan Hankins, Olivier Vernon, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Tim Heitman)
(Tim Heitman)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

Even after an 11-5 season there are so many questions about the Giants and their offseason plans that I had to split them into several SNY Twitter mailbags. Part I ran on WednesdayPart II ran on Thursday.

Here, as promised, is Part III … with a IVth still to come:

Tags: Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Jason Pierre-Paul, Johnathan Hankins, Justin Pugh, Odell Beckham Jr., Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Weston Richburg, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

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 four installments of the first offseason edition of my SNY Giants Twitter mailbag. Here is Part I:

Tags: Ereck Flowers, Jason Pierre-Paul, Johnathan Hankins
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 (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)
(Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

The Giants could have somewhere near $40 million in salary cap space to play with this offseason if the cap rises all the way to $168 million, as some in the NFL project. They might even end up with more, depending on what contracts they restructure and which players they decide to cut.

And while that may not be enough to turn them into big spenders in free agency the way they were a year ago, it certainly is enough for them to re-sign some of their own unrestricted free agents. They have 17 UFAs to deal with, and several other free agents who are restricted. And a few of them could demand and command big money from someone -- particularly the two free agents on the Giants' defensive line.

Tags: Darian Thompson, Eli Manning, Jason Pierre-Paul, John Jerry, Johnathan Hankins, Keenan Robinson, Kerry Wynn, Larry Donnell, Mark Herzlich, Marshall Newhouse, Nikita Whitlock, Olivier Vernon, Orleans Darkwa, Ryan Nassib, Shane Vereen, Trevin Wade, Will Beatty, Will Tye, Zak DeOssie, Ralph Vacchiano
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Jason Pierre-Paul discusses his future, free agency and the desire to remain with the New York Giants.

Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul wants to return to the Giants but isn't open to signing another one-year deal, he told reporters Monday.

"I've done proved it," Pierre-Paul said. "There's not a guy like me doing it with seven and a half fingers."

Pierre-Paul added that while he'd "love" to return to the Giants, it will be a "business decision."

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 (Julio Cortez/AP)
(Julio Cortez/AP)

Giants GM Jerry Reese discussed a variety of topics while speaking with reporters Monday.

The highlights...

  • Odell Beckham, Jr. needs to "think about what he does," look in the mirror and take responsibility for his actions. "He's a smart guy but sometimes he doesn't do smart things."
  • The team is doing its own investigation into the allegations that Beckham punched a hole in the Lambeau Field wall after Sunday's loss.
Tags: Ereck Flowers, Jason Pierre-Paul, Johnathan Hankins, Odell Beckham Jr.
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Giants head coach Ben McAdoo said the team will have "a bad taste in their mouths for a while" afte their season-ending loss to the Packers on Sunday.

McAdoo also weighed in on a host of other topics, saying...

  • 11 wins is tough to get, but the Giants have built a strong foundation.
  • The Giants "obviously fell short from an offensive perspective" against the Packers.
  • On WR Odell Beckham, Jr. punching a hole in a wall at Lambeau Field after the game, McAdoo said "we and I take full responsibility for that. That's not the way we want to act after ballgames."
  • He wants WR Victor Cruz and DE Jason Pierre-Paul back next season.

 

Tags: Jason Pierre-Paul, Odell Beckham Jr., Victor Cruz

 (Seth Wenig/AP)
(Seth Wenig/AP)

The Giants released their injury report on Friday...

The following player is OUT for Sunday's game against Green Bay:

  • DE Jason PIerre-Paul (core muscle)

The following player is DOUBTFUL for Sunday's game:

  • DE Owa Odigizuwa (hamstring)
Tags: Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Jerell Adams, Nat Berhe, Owa Odighizuwa
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 (Seth Wenig/AP)
(Seth Wenig/AP)

The Giants released their injury report on Thursday...

The following player did not participate in practice:

  • DE Jason PIerre-Paul (core muscle)

The following players were limited during practice:

  • TE Jerell Adams (shoulder)
  • Nat Berhe (concussion)
  • CB Janoris Jenkins (back)
  • DE Owa Odigizuwa (hamstring)
  • CB Coty Sensabaugh (ankle)
Tags: Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Jerell Adams, Nat Berhe, Owa Odighizuwa
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 (Seth Wenig/AP)
(Seth Wenig/AP)

The Giants released their injury report on Wednesday...

The following player did not participate in practice:

  • DE Jason PIerre-Paul (core muscle)

The following players were limited during practice:

  • TE Jerell Adams (shoulder)
  • Nat Berhe (concussion)
  • CB Janoris Jenkins (back)
  • DE Owa Odigizuwa (hamstring)
  • CB Coty Sensabaugh (ankle)
Tags: Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Jerell Adams, Nat Berhe, Owa Odighizuwa
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Jan 1, 2017; Landover, MD, USA; New York Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (41) celebrates after intercepting a pass against the Washington Redskins during the second half at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Jan 1, 2017; Landover, MD, USA; New York Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (41) celebrates after intercepting a pass against the Washington Redskins during the second half at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

Dominque Rodgers-Cromartie was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week after intercepting a pair of passes and picking up the second sack of his career in the Giants' 19-10 win over the Redskins on Sunday.

He is the first cornerback to win Defensive Player of the Week honors for three different teams (Giants, Broncos, Cardinals) since Deion Sanders

 

Tags: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Jason Pierre-Paul, Landon Collins
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 (Ed Mulholland)
(Ed Mulholland)

Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul, who had surgery in early-December to repair a sports hernia and groin injury, wouldn't rule out returning to the field for the potential Divisional round of the playoffs.

"Maybe before," Pierre-Paul told Mark Cannizzaro of the NY Post when asked if his targeted return date was the NFC Championship game.

"The deeper they get, the more likely I'm coming back,'' Pierre-Paul said. "The guys want me to come back and that makes me want to come back even harder than I did before. I'm doing the best I can to get back and hopefully I can get back before the last game.''

Giants head coach Ben McAdoo said on Dec. 28 that Pierre-Paul was getting better.

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 (Seth Wenig/AP)
(Seth Wenig/AP)

The Giants released their injury report on Friday.

The following players are OUT for Sunday's game against the Redskins:

  • DE Jason Pierre-Paul (core muscle)
  • Nat Berhe (concussion)

The following players are QUESTIONABLE for Sunday's game:

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Nat Berhe
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 (Ed Mulholland)
(Ed Mulholland)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Jason Pierre-Paul is "getting better" three weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a sports hernia and a groin injury, according to Giants coach Ben McAdoo. But he's still not healthy enough to rejoin the Giants at practice.

And it appears any shot at a return to action for the defensive end is still several weeks away.

Tags: Jason Pierre-Paul, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Seth Wenig/AP)
(Seth Wenig/AP)

The following players appeared on the Giants' injury report on Wednesday...

Did not participate in practice:

  • DE Jason Pierre-Paul (core muscle)

Limited during practice:

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Nat Berhe, Will Tye
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New York Giants punter Brad Wing (9) is seen on the sideline during the game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. (Matt Bush)
New York Giants punter Brad Wing (9) is seen on the sideline during the game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. (Matt Bush)

Giants P Brad Wing has won NFC Special Teams Player of the Week for the second straight week, the NFL announced Wednesday morning

Wing becomes the first player in Giants history to win Special Teams Player of the Week in consecutive weeks.

The 25-year old punted the ball seven times during New York's 17-6 victory over the Lions on Sunday, and finished with an average of 42.6 yards per punt with two landing inside the 20-yard line and his longest punt going 57 yards. The Lions averaged just 2.8 yards on four returns. 

Tags: Brad Wing, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr.
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