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Daniel Jones/James Bradberry
Daniel Jones/James Bradberry

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The Giants find themselves with an upgraded roster heading into the 2020 season. GM Dave Gettleman made necessary changes via free agency and the NFL Draft that should have a big effect when the regular season rolls around. 

But there are a few players that stand out above the rest. It isn't just because of their talent, but more importantly, because their production will impact the team in a positive -- or negative -- way. Make or break, if you will. 

Tags: Daniel Jones, Eli Manning, Jabril Peppers, Jon Halapio, Kevin Zeitler, Lorenzo Carter, Markus Golden, Nate Solder, Oshane Ximines, Saquon Barkley, Will Hernandez, Scott Thompson
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The NFL Draft is over and the Giants look to be done with setting up their roster for training camp this upcoming season. But solidifying the right players for the 2020 season is far from over. 

With there no longer being a 53-man roster, two more roster slots open thanks to the new Collective Bargaining Agreement that was voted on this offseason. 

So, with rookies and free agents joining the veterans already on the roster card, here is a way-too-early 55-man roster prediction for Big Blue.

Tags: Aldrick Rosas, Alec Ogletree, B.J. Hill, Corey Ballentine, Corey Coleman, Dalvin Tomlinson, Daniel Jones, Darius Slayton, DeAndre Baker, Dexter Lawrence, Eli Penny, Evan Engram, Golden Tate, Jabril Peppers, Janoris Jenkins, Jon Halapio, Julian Love, Kevin Zeitler, Leonard Williams, Lorenzo Carter, Nate Solder, Oshane Ximines, Riley Dixon, Ryan Connelly, Sam Beal, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Wayne Gallman, Will Hernandez, Zak DeOssie, Scott Thompson
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Giants GM Dave Gettleman
Giants GM Dave Gettleman

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive

Dave Gettleman answered a lot of questions about his plan for the Giants with what he did in the NFL Draft last week, but he didn't come close to answering all of them. In fact, you had so many questions remaining about the Giants, I had to again break up this week's mailbag into two parts.

So here is Part I - just a few of the questions you tweeted to me this week, along with my answers. I'll focus on the questions about the offense in Part I of this week's SNY Giants mailbag. Then, I'll answer your defensive questions in Part II:

Tags: Daniel Jones, Jon Halapio, Kevin Zeitler, Nate Solder, Saquon Barkley, Will Hernandez, Ralph Vacchiano
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Oct 3, 2019; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks center Justin Britt (68) interacts with the fans during the second half against the Los Angeles Rams at CenturyLink Field. Seattle defeated Los Angeles 30-29. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports (Steven Bisig)
Oct 3, 2019; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks center Justin Britt (68) interacts with the fans during the second half against the Los Angeles Rams at CenturyLink Field. Seattle defeated Los Angeles 30-29. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports (Steven Bisig)

With the 2020 NFL Draft over, GM Dave Gettleman has stocked up on offensive linemen, something he wanted to do "once and for all." It was his mission to load up on "Hog Mollies" since he took over as GM, and he finally made it happen. 

However, there is still a big question about that Giants O-Line: who will play center? 

Spencer Pulley and Jon Halapio are currently on the roster, but with Pulley's inexperience and Halapio returning from an Achilles injury, many believed Gettleman would draft a center. But that never came to be, as players like Cesar Ruiz, Lloyd Cushenberry III and Matt Hennessy were gone before they could be picked by the Giants. 

Tags: Jon Halapio, Scott Thompson
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Feb 25, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman uring the NFL Scouting Combine at the Indiana Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Feb 25, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman uring the NFL Scouting Combine at the Indiana Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

If the Giants keep the No. 4 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft -- and GM Dave Gettleman has done nothing to suggest they won't -- they will almost certainly take either an offensive lineman or Isaiah Simmons at No. 4.

So prepare for Simmons, Mekhi Becton, Tristan Wirfs, Jedrick Wills, or Andrew Thomas to become Big Blue's 2020 first-rounder.

After that selection, the Giants have 10 picks from the second-through-seventh rounds where they can try to fill some of their other big needs (pass-rushing help, another wide receiver, additional help for the offensive line even if they take someone at No. 4).

Let's take a look at some potential later-round steals...

Tags: Evan Engram, Jon Halapio, Odell Beckham Jr., Danny Abriano
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Jedrick Wills/Lloyd Cushenberry
Jedrick Wills/Lloyd Cushenberry

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive

Dave Gettleman has never traded down in the seven NFL Drafts he's been a general manager, but the sense around the NFL is that he's never been more willing to do it. That's partly due to a new philosophy in the Giants' front office and a willingness to break old habits.

But it's mostly because a unique opportunity should be there.

In some ways, the Giants are in a powerful position since they don't need a quarterback in a draft that has three who should go in the Top 10 -- maybe even the Top 5. There are several teams -- including two right below them -- who might be jockeying for position to get the quarterback they want. And the Giants could drop a few spots and still get the player they would've taken at No. 4 overall.

Tags: Dalvin Tomlinson, Daniel Jones, DeAndre Baker, Dexter Lawrence, Jabril Peppers, Jon Halapio, Leonard Williams, Sam Beal, Saquon Barkley, Ralph Vacchiano
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James Bradberry (Bob Donnan)
James Bradberry (Bob Donnan)

The newest additions to the Giants' roster have selected their numbers for the upcoming season, and here's what they will sport at MetLife Stadium come game day: 

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By winning a few games at the end of the season, the Giants almost certainly cost themselves a chance at drafting game-changing edge-rusher Chase Young.

But Big Blue is still in good position at No. 4 in the NFL Draft and should be able to come away with a cornerstone player.

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano recently made his three-round mock. Here's how the other latest mocks see things shaking out...

Tags: Jon Halapio, Nate Solder, Will Hernandez, Danny Abriano
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Dave Gettleman/Cesar Ruiz
Dave Gettleman/Cesar Ruiz

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive

The Giants have 10 draft picks, thanks to the three compensatory picks they earned, but only three of those will come in the first two days of the 2020 NFL Draft. For a team with many needs still to fill, it puts a premium on those selections in the first three rounds.

With a month until the draft, it's still hard to know exactly what the Giants will do and how the draft will shake out. But here's an early projection, based on the team's needs, what sources have said about players they might like, and what scouts have said about the value of certain players in the draft.

Tags: Daniel Jones, Jon Halapio, Julian Love, Saquon Barkley, Ralph Vacchiano
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Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive

The NFL's offseason began in earnest on Monday, as the league descended on the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis to begin preparations for the NFL Draft. When the week-long meat market is over, free agency will only be two weeks away.

The Giants obviously still have plenty of holes to fill as they begin to climb from the ashes of their 4-12 season and get the Joe Judge Era off to a good start. Here's a look at the five areas -- in order of importance -- that GM Dave Gettleman will need to address the most over the next few months:

Tags: Alec Ogletree, Jon Halapio, Julian Love, Kevin Zeitler, Mike Remmers, Nate Solder, Sam Beal, Will Hernandez, Ralph Vacchiano
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December 8, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; Tennessee Titans offensive tackle Jack Conklin (78) during the first quarter against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)
December 8, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; Tennessee Titans offensive tackle Jack Conklin (78) during the first quarter against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive

The last time the Giants had money to burn in free agency, they burned it at an unprecedented clip. They even managed to essentially buy their way into the playoffs, though that 2016 team was famously one-and-done.

The lesson, Giants co-owner John Mara said in a recent interview on WFAN, was "You can fix some holes pretty quickly (with free agency), but long-term I'm not sure that it really works."

In other words, don't expect the Giants to be big spenders when free agency opens on March 18, even though they'll have more than $60 million in salary cap space to spend. With Mara's endorsement, GM Dave Gettleman has taken a draft-centered approach to rebuilding the Giants (mostly). They'll dip into the free agent pool, to be sure, but it won't be a cannonball-type splash.

Tags: Alec Ogletree, DeAndre Baker, Jabril Peppers, Jon Halapio, Julian Love, Leonard Williams, Markus Golden, Sam Beal, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

While the Giants have room to improve in most places, Pro Football Focus considered their offensive line near the middle of the pack in 2019. 

PFF released their end of season rankings of every offensive line in the NFL. The Giants clocked in at No. 17 overall via the analytics outlet. 

That grade was actually a higher mark than four playoff teams from this season. Those include Seattle Seahawks (27th), Buffalo Bills (21st), Houston Texans (20th) and Minnesota Vikings (19th).

Tags: Jon Halapio, Kevin Zeitler, Mike Remmers, Nate Solder, Will Hernandez
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Alabama WR Jerry Jeudy (Butch Dill)
Alabama WR Jerry Jeudy (Butch Dill)

By winning a few games at the end of the season, the Giants almost certainly cost themselves a chance at drafting game-changing edge-rusher Chase Young.

But Big Blue is still in good position at No. 4 in the NFL Draft and should be able to come away with a cornerstone player.

Here's how the latest mocks see things shaking out...

Tags: Darius Slayton, Golden Tate, Jon Halapio, Nate Solder, Sterling Shepard, Will Hernandez, Danny Abriano
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Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants center Jon Halapio (75) blocks during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants center Jon Halapio (75) blocks during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Giants center Jon Halapio suffered an Achilles tear and will not be ready until fall training camp, general manager Dave Gettleman announced Tuesday at an end-of-year press conference.

"Unfortunately, 'Pio got hurt again -- he tore his Achilles," Gettleman said. "So now he's not going to be ready until camp, probably, most likely. But we feel like we've got some good pieces (on the offensive line) and they've just got to continue to work together and improve. We're always going to look to add. We're not afraid to draft over anybody. So we'll continue to work that."

The 6-foot-3, 315-pound Halapio was carted off the field in Sunday's 34-17 season-ending loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

As expected, Sterling Shepard, Janoris Jenkins and Nate Solder have been cleared from the concussion protocol and will play this Sunday against the Bears, the Giants announced on Friday.

Shepard hasn't played since Week 5 and also missed the Giants' game during Week 2 after suffering his first concussion during Week 1. Shepard initially thought he would be OK to return against the Cowboys after his second concussion, but reported concussion like symptoms two days prior to the Week 9 matchup and remained out.

Jenkins and Solder both exited the Week 10 matchup with the Jets with concussions, but luckily the Giants had a bye week afterwards, so the duo will not miss a single game.

Tags: Evan Engram, Janoris Jenkins, Jon Halapio, Mike Remmers, Nate Solder, Rhett Ellison, Sterling Shepard
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Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive

The Giants haven't led the NFL in much recently, but they had a big lead in one category through the end of October. No team played rookies more often than they did. And they led in that category by about 500 total snaps.

That only counted rookies, like quarterback Daniel Jones, defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence, linebacker Oshane Ximines and corners Corey Ballentine and DeAndre Baker. It didn't count all their second-year pros like guard Will Hernandez, running back Saquon Barkley, defensive end B.J. Hill, linebacker Lorenzo Carter, and cornerbacks Grant Haley and now Sam Beal.

The point is, the Giants are young. Very, very young. And that might be the biggest reason to be optimistic about their future, and to believe that GM Dave Gettleman could have them on the right path.

Tags: B.J. Hill, Corey Ballentine, Daniel Jones, DeAndre Baker, Evan Engram, Jabril Peppers, Jon Halapio, Julian Love, Kevin Zeitler, Leonard Williams, Mike Remmers, Nate Solder, Sam Beal, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Will Hernandez, Ralph Vacchiano
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If you read Giants RB Saquon Barkley's stat line from Sunday, you probably would've thought it was a joke. But the one yard he accumulated on 13 carries wasn't a joke in the slighest. 

The Jets were able to penetrate the Giants' offensive line to get to Barkley quickly before he could make his way upfield. However, many believe that Barkley is still not 100 percent healthy since returning from a high ankle sprain he sustained in Week 3 against the Bucs. 

Barkley has refuted it numerous times up until this point, but not as aggressively as he did on Tuesday when asked about those who believe he should be shut down for the rest of the season given the Giants' 2-8 record and playoff hopes nearly out of the cards. 

 

Tags: Jon Halapio, Mike Remmers, Nate Solder, Saquon Barkley, Scott Thompson
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Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Giants offensive tackle Nate Solder (76) blocks during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Giants offensive tackle Nate Solder (76) blocks during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Nate Solder left the field in the middle of the second quarter of the Giants-Jets matchup Sunday and has been ruled out for the remainder of the game with a concussion.

Solder limped off the field and went into the medical tent on the sideline with less than eight minutes to play in the half, missing the remainder of that drive--Eric Smith made his NFL debut at left tackle for the Giants in Solder's absence.

The Giants scored their second touchdown of the game on the drive, but a bad snap by Zak DeOssie resulted in the Riley Dixon missing on a throw into the end zone for a two-point conversion. As a result, the Giants were still down 14-13.

Tags: Jon Halapio, Mike Remmers, Nate Solder, Zak DeOssie
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Jul 25, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants defensive tackle Olsen Pierre (72) participates in drills during the first day of training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Jul 25, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants defensive tackle Olsen Pierre (72) participates in drills during the first day of training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

The Giants waived DL Olsen Pierre and promoted OL Evan Brown off their practice squad on Saturday morning, according to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.

The team needed some extra offensive line depth as C Jon Halapio is out with a hamstring injury and OT Mike Remmers is doubtful with a back injury for Sunday's game against the Jets.

Pierre, a third-year player out of Miami (FL), has played in nine games for the Giants this season and has eight tackles and two sacks. Pierre played 24 games for the Arizona Cardinals from 2017-2018, recording 42 tackles and 5.5 sacks.

Tags: Jon Halapio, Mike Remmers, Olsen Pierre
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Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive

There has been a dark cloud that has hovered over the Meadowlands for far too long. Too many years where the atmosphere felt stale, where it felt like a stretch to find any actual hope.

It doesn't feel that way around the Giants anymore.

"The energy is just different," said center Jon Halapio.

Tags: Daniel Jones, Jon Halapio, Saquon Barkley, Wayne Gallman, Will Hernandez, Ralph Vacchiano
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