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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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(Tommy Gilligan)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Giants head coach Ben McAdoo insisted he was "confident" in backup quarterback Ryan Nassib and "very comfortable" with just two quarterbacks on his roster.

Turns out, neither may have been true.

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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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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 tight end Ryan Malleck catches a pass during organized team activities at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants tight end Ryan Malleck catches a pass during organized team activities at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Giants will conduct their three-day mandatory minicamp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center beginning today through Thursday.

Teams are allowed two practices totaling 3 1/2 hours on the field per day with the second practice limited to walk through activities only. The Giants had a very high attendance percentage during their organized team activities, so this week will not reveal much as no live contact is permitted. Only 7-on-7, 9-on-7, and 11-on-11 drills are permitted.

After they break camp on Thursday, the Giants will not reconvene as a team until training camp opens on July 28.

Tags: Bobby Hart, Eli Manning, Geremy Davis, Jasper Brinkley, Landon Collins, Larry Donnell, Marshall Newhouse, Nat Berhe, Odell Beckham Jr., Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen, Victor Cruz, Will Tye, 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 Giants general manger Jerry Reese, cornerback Eli Apple, wide receiver Sterling Shepard, safety Darian Thompson, head coach Ben MaCadoo, linebacker B.J. Goodson, running back Paul Perkins and tight end Jerrell Adams during rookie minicamp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)
New Giants general manger Jerry Reese, cornerback Eli Apple, wide receiver Sterling Shepard, safety Darian Thompson, head coach Ben MaCadoo, linebacker B.J. Goodson, running back Paul Perkins and tight end Jerrell Adams during rookie minicamp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)

After rookie minicamp is in the books, the Giants are preparing to move into phase three of their offseason program and will begin organized team activities on May 27.

It will be the first time the rookies and the veterans will take the field as a team. The 10 OTA offseason workouts will be held on May 27-29, June 1-2, June 4, June 8-9 and June 11-12. No live contact is permitted, but 7-on-7, 9-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills are permitted.

Mandatory Minicamp will be held from June 16-18. Training camp begins the last week of July.

Tags: Bobby Hart, Damon Harrison, Devon Kennard, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Geremy Davis, Jason Pierre-Paul, Jasper Brinkley, John Jerry, Johnathan Hankins, Justin Pugh, Landon Collins, Larry Donnell, Marshall Newhouse, Nat Berhe, Nikita Whitlock, Odell Beckham Jr., Owa Odighizuwa, Rashad Jennings, Victor Cruz, Weston Richburg, Will Tye, John Fennelly
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Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) throws the ball as New York Giants middle linebacker Jasper Brinkley (53) defends during the second half at FedEx Field. (Brad Mills)
Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) throws the ball as New York Giants middle linebacker Jasper Brinkley (53) defends during the second half at FedEx Field. (Brad Mills)

The Giants have re-signed linebacker Jasper Brinkley, the team said.

Brinkley was the team's third-leading tackler in 2015.

"This is where I wanted to be," Brinkley said. "I had a good season last year. Just given the opportunities I had, and given the guys that are here and the mentality the coaches have, there's definitely a winning mentality here, and I want to be a part of that."

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New York Giants linebacker Jasper Brinkley picks up the fumble against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants linebacker Jasper Brinkley picks up the fumble against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)

The Giants re-signed LB Jasper Brinkley to a one-year deal on Friday.

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Washington Redskins inside linebacker Keenan Robinson reacts after recovering a fumble against the Philadelphia Eagles during the first half at FedEx Field. (Brad Mills/USA Today Sports Images)
Washington Redskins inside linebacker Keenan Robinson reacts after recovering a fumble against the Philadelphia Eagles during the first half at FedEx Field. (Brad Mills/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Giants signed linebacker Keenan Robinson to a contract on Monday.

Robinson, 26, recorded 63 combined tackles, one fumble recovery and one interception in 12 games last season for the Washington Redskins.

The Giants lost linebacker Jon Beason to retirement earlier in the offseason, and Jasper Brinkley is a free agent.

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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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New York Giants linebacker Jonathan Casillas (54) gestures to the crowd (William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants linebacker Jonathan Casillas (54) gestures to the crowd (William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports)

Throughout the years, the Giants' defense has been identified by their linebackers, the stalwarts who narrow and shorten the field for opposing offenses.

Lately, they have been short on manpower in the LB corps and the Giants' defense has been one predicated on takeaways rather than shutting teams down with pressure. They have allowed 420.9 yards per game theough the first ten weeks of this NFL season, just slightly less that the league's worst defense, the porous New Orleans Saints.

The season began with high hopes for LB coach Jim Herrmann's unit. Jon Beason was healthy again and would man the MIKE position. Devon Kennard, after a strong showing in his rookie season, would be the SAM and the Jaguars' J.T. Thomas was signed to play the WILL.

Tags: Devon Kennard, Jasper Brinkley, Uani' Unga, John Fennelly
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The Giants have remained relatively quiet during free agency thus far, but perhaps a new addition to its defense is on the horizon.

According to ESPN, the G-Men have expressed "some interest" in Bengals linebacker Rey Maualuga.

Veteran middle linebacker Michael Boley was released at the start of the off-season, leaving the rumors swirl around potential fits, most of which centered around potential first-round draft picks Alec Ogletree of Georgia and Manti Te'o of Notre Dame.

Tags: alec ogletree, Chase Blackburn, dannell ellerbee, Jasper Brinkley, manti te'o, Michael Boley, New York Giants, ray lewis, rey maualuga
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Free agent LB Jasper Brinkley will visit the Giants today as per NFL reporter Adam Caplan. The 27 year-old Brinkley (6'1", 252) was the Vikings' fifth round selection in the 2009 NFL Draft out of South Carolina.

Brinkley played sparingly in first two seasons in Minnesota and missed the entire 2011 season with an injured hip, but bounced back last year with a 99 tackle performance. Although several websites such as Pro Football Focus give Brinkley low grades, the Giants are adept at seeing the potential of players and may see Brinkley as one of those low-budget options that are undervalued.

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