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The Giants have re-signed OL John Jerry to a three-year deal worth $10 million, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed.

$4.25 million of the deal is guaranteed, reports Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.

Jerry, 30, started all 16 games for the Giants this past season.

Tags: Ereck Flowers, John Jerry, Justin Pugh, Weston Richburg
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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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Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills breaks up a pass intended for New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz at Lincoln Financial Field. (James Lang/USA Today Sports Images)
Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills breaks up a pass intended for New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz at Lincoln Financial Field. (James Lang/USA Today Sports Images)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV: 

PHILADELPHIA -- Odell Beckham Jr. has spent all season battling the officials, so he certainly wasn't surprised by what he saw on Thursday. Once again, there were a series of inexplicable penalty calls and non-calls, and the Giants were pretty sure it all went against them.

"We know what it is over here," Beckham said after the Giants' 24-19 loss to the Eagles. "We know what it's always going to be. We're not looking for any calls. We've just got to play through it. That's the bottom line."

Tags: Eli Apple, Eli Manning, John Jerry, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Philadelphia Eagles, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Ralph Vacchiano
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Nov 8, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants offensive guard Justin Pugh (67) during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. New York Giants defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 32-18. Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 8, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants offensive guard Justin Pugh (67) during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. New York Giants defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 32-18. Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Giants' much-maligned offensive line may not be as bad as many people think. For years now, they have been the poster children for the Giants' woes, but in actuality, they haven't been as bad as their press.

They have three top draft picks in their starting lineup. LG Justin Pugh and LT Ereck Flowers were first-round selections and C Weston Richburg was a second-rounder. Free-agent pickup John Jerry has been a steadying presence in the middle of the line.

Tags: Ereck Flowers, John Jerry, Justin Pugh, Weston Richburg, John Fennelly
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SNY NFL insider Ralph Vacchiano discusses his three keys to a Giants' victory on Sunday vs. the Los Angeles Rams in London.

THE GAME: The Giants (3-3) vs. the Los Angeles Rams (3-3) at Twickenham Stadium in London on Sunday, Oct. 23, 9:30 a.m. ET.THE WEATHER: It's exactly what you'd expect in London, but possibly without the fog and the rain. Temperatures will be in the low-to-mid 50s with a bit of wind (10-20 miles per hour) and plenty of clouds.WHAT IT MEANS: The Giants got themselves back on track last weekend with a solid, gutty performance against an undermanned Ravens team, and this is their chance to keep their momentum going heading into the bye. Really, if they are 4-3 at the bye with all the issues that have been swirling around them, and they're only a game-and-a-half behind the idle Cowboys, whom they've already beaten, that puts them in pretty good position at the nearly halfway point. They'll take that. It's certainly better than having two weeks to think about a loss, on top of everything else that's going on.

Tags: Eli Manning, John Jerry, Josh Brown, Justin Pugh, Marshall Newhouse, Nat Berhe, St. Louis Rams, Zak DeOssie, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) and center Weston Richburg (70) during the preseason game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) and center Weston Richburg (70) during the preseason game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta)

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In this day and age where perception seamlessly becomes reality, it's always beneficial to peek beyond the veneer and see what's really going on.

Such is the case of the Giants' offensive line, long maligned by critics, a unit that is suddenly rising up the rankings.

Tags: Bobby Hart, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, John Jerry, Justin Pugh, Marshall Newhouse, Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen, Weston Richburg
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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) reacts after a failed fourth down conversion during the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Vikings defeated the Giants 24-10. (Brace Hemmelgarn)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) reacts after a failed fourth down conversion during the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Vikings defeated the Giants 24-10. (Brace Hemmelgarn)

Ralph Vacchiano, NFL Insider | Facebook | Twitter | Archive

This was going to be a tough spot for the Giants right from the start. Going on the road to pick up the pieces from their sloppy loss to the Redskins was going to be hard enough. But in always-loud Minnesota, against one of the NFL's best defenses, and one that has haunted Eli Manning throughout his career?

All things considered, it could've been a lot worse.

Tags: Brad Wing, Darian Thompson, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Dwayne Harris, Eli Apple, Eli Manning, John Jerry, Nat Berhe, Odell Beckham Jr., Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen, Trevin Wade, Victor Cruz, Weston Richburg
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New York Giants center Weston Richburg (70) during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. New York Giants defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 32-18. (Kim Klement)
New York Giants center Weston Richburg (70) during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. New York Giants defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 32-18. (Kim Klement)

When Tom Coughlin ran things in East Rutherford, New Jersey, his main message to his team was to finish. Finish routes, finish blocks, finish drives, finish games. Under new head coach Ben McAdoo, that message hasn't been invoked as much, but center Weston Richburg is reviving it to help straighten out the floundering offensive line.

"It needs to be to 'finish'," Richburg told reporters Monday when asked what the personality of the offensive line needs to be by Week 1. "We want to finish each play and from there finish each game and that consists of being physical, having a mean attitude and really getting after people."

The line's physicality is being questioned after it has struggled to win the trenches in the first two preseason games. Richburg said that it is too early to panic and that there is still plenty of time to right the ship.

Tags: Ereck Flowers, John Jerry, Justin Pugh, Marshall Newhouse, Weston Richburg, John Fennelly
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New York Giants offensive guard Bobby Hart is helped off the field after being injured during the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants offensive guard Bobby Hart is helped off the field after being injured during the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland/USA Today Sports Images)

Second-year offensive lineman Bobby Hart is somewhat of the unknown on the New York Giants' offensive line.

The seventh-round draft pick from Florida in 2015 is a lineman with versatility. He can play tackle. He can play guard. He can perform on either side of the line.

The problem is that he does not have a starting job.

Tags: Bobby Hart, John Jerry, Marshall Newhouse
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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 quarterback coach Frank Cignetti Jr. talks with quarterbacks Logan Thomas and Eli Manning during training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants quarterback coach Frank Cignetti Jr. talks with quarterbacks Logan Thomas and Eli Manning during training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo has not announced who will handle the offensive playcalling this season, and as the first preseason game approaches, he isn't any closer to doing so.

He told reporters he knew who would be calling the plays but would not divulge who that person was. It could be him or offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan, the only two logical choices on the staff, and both of them have just four years of NFL playcalling experience between them. The only other coach on the staff with pro-level experience as a playcaller is quarterbacks coach Frank Cignetti Jr., who was the Rams' offensive coordinator last season.

"We'll have a play caller on Friday and we'll evaluate it afterwards," McAdoo said.

Tags: Bobby Hart, Damon Harrison, Darian Thompson, Eli Apple, Janoris Jenkins, John Jerry, Olivier Vernon, Sterling Shepard, John Fennelly
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New York Giants offensive tackle Marshall Newhouse blocks against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second quarter at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants offensive tackle Marshall Newhouse blocks against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second quarter at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)

There's no question New York Giants right tackle Marshall Newhouse is considered a weak link on the team's offensive line. He was signed as a free agent last offseason after underperforming as a Cincinnati Bengal in 2014.

The Giants knew that was not the player who had once been a starter for the Green Bay Packers and charged with protecting one of the NFL's most valued assets in Aaron Rodgers. Ben McAdoo, then the Giants' offensive coordinator, sold the team on Newhouse's ability and he was brought in on a flier to see if he could make their roster.

It worked out to the point where Newhouse began getting reps with the starters after Will Beatty was placed on PUP, missing the first half of the season, and then was unable to return. Newhouse ended up starting 14 games for the Giants in 2015.

Tags: Bobby Hart, Ereck Flowers, John Jerry, Justin Pugh, Marshall Newhouse, Will Beatty, John Fennelly
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New York Giants offensive lineman Justin Pugh (Andrew Weber/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants offensive lineman Justin Pugh (Andrew Weber/USA Today Sports Images)

Justin Pugh has done just about everything for the New York Giants on the offensive line in the three seasons he's been with the club. Big Blue's top selection in the 2013 NFL Draft has played tackle and guard, winning roles at both positions and filling in during times when the line was under the injury siege, something they hope to put an end to in 2016.

Pugh told reporters he's strictly been working at guard, left guard to be more specific.

"I have been a guard all throughout OTAs so it has been good. I am loving that I am able to stay there, really feel at home and get all the reps there," Pugh said on Wednesday. "Sometimes when you go out to different positions you learn different nuances so I am really focusing on getting this left guard down and getting the camaraderie going with these guys up front."

Tags: Bobby Hart, Ereck Flowers, John Jerry, Justin Pugh, Marshall Newhouse, Weston Richburg, John Fennelly
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New York Giants center Weston Richburg (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants center Weston Richburg (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)

Earlier this month, New York Giants center Weston Richburg was interviewed by CBSSports.com's Pete Prisco and we learned several thinngs about the 43rd overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Speaking primarily about his offseason regimen while training at former NFL lineman LeCharles Bentley's Arizona-based "O-Line Performance Center", we learned he is serious about his craft and is not shy to call others out regarding their lack of dedication.

"The percentage of guys who are just OK to be there (in the league) is pretty high," Richburg told Prisco. "This is pretty rare. The majority of my offensive line is not doing anything right now."

Tags: Ereck Flowers, John Jerry, Justin Pugh, Marshall Newhouse, Weston Richburg, John Fennelly
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New York Giants offensive guard Bobby Hart is helped off the field after being injured during the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants offensive guard Bobby Hart is helped off the field after being injured during the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland/USA Today Sports Images)

The Giants did not take an offensive lineman in this year's NFL Draft despite having the position high on their wish list. At No. 10, they thought they a good shot at either Notre Dame's Ronnie Stanley or Jack Conklin of Michigan State. They missed out on both.

The free agent market bore several candidates for the Giants, who were primarily looking for a right tackle. None of them signed with the Giants as they were looking for a left tackle gig, and the Giants are stubbornly unwavering in their committment to keep Ereck Flowers there. So, the search continues to upgrade the line.

The club has a steady five at the moment. Center Weston Richburg should have been a Pro Bowler last season and Justin Pugh has played well at left guard. In lieu of a spotty past, John Jerry has been both productive and reliable at right guard but the tackles. Flowers and right tackle Marshall Newhouse are the question marks at the moment.

Tags: Bobby Hart, John Jerry, Justin Pugh, Marshall Newhouse, Weston Richburg, Will Beatty, John Fennelly
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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham before a game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. (Derick E. Hingle/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham before a game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. (Derick E. Hingle/USA Today Sports Images)

The Giants had a historic offseason, signing big-ticket free agents and drafting six versatile and explosive players, three of whom may help their already powerful offense become more dynamic.

GM Jerry Reese came into the offseason with a long "to-do" list to try to rebuild the Giants' league-worst defense, and they added as many as six new starters through free agency and the draft.

But what about the offense? Here's a look at what's new and different this summer.

Tags: Andre Williams, Bobby Hart, Dwayne Harris, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Geremy Davis, John Jerry, Justin Pugh, Larry Donnell, Marshall Newhouse, Nikita Whitlock, Odell Beckham Jr., Orleans Darkwa, Rashad Jennings, Ryan Nassib, Shane Vereen, Victor Cruz, Weston Richburg, Will Tye, John Fennelly
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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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New York Giants guard Geoff Schwartz (74) is carted off the field (Phil Sears)
New York Giants guard Geoff Schwartz (74) is carted off the field (Phil Sears)

Facing the New York Jets with a healthy offensive line is tough for any team.

The banged-up Giants (5-6) face a major task Sunday going into the game against their local rivals with questions at four positions.

Right guard Geoff Schwartz was lost for the season this past weekend with a broken left leg. Center Weston Richburg is still gimpy with a high left ankle sprain.

Tags: Bobby Hart, Dallas Reynolds, Ereck Flowers, Geoff Schwartz, John Jerry, Justin Pugh, Marshall Newhouse, Weston Richburg
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There's been talk of Chris Snee hanging up his cleats sooner rather than later, and the Giants are readying for another "camp battle" should that happen this summer.

Brandon Mosley is the frontrunner to succeed Snee at RT with Eric Herman and a slew of others hoping to get a shot as well. One of those players is free-agent signee John Jerry, nee of the Miami Dolphins' "Bullygate" scandal of last season.

Jerry has not participated in a single workout since signing a one-year, $770K deal with the Giants in March. He had his knee scoped in May and the team chose to hold him out until training camp, which starts Monday.

Tags: 2014 New York Giants, John Jerry
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