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New York Giants offensive guard Justin Pugh during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants offensive guard Justin Pugh during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

The Giants will be without G D.J. Fluker (toe), LB B.J. Goodson (ankle), and OL Justin Pugh (back) on Thursday night against the Redskins.

LB Calvin Munson (quad) is listed as doubtful.

WR Sterling Shepard (ilnness) is questionable. He missed practice on Wednesday after sitting out on Tuesday due to "not feeling well," per SNY's Ralph Vacchiano. 

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Damon Harrison, D.J. Fluker, Jonathan Casillas, Justin Pugh, Olivier Vernon, Sterling Shepard, Zak DeOssie
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Giants defense climbed out of their rut from the past two weeks on Sunday, and they credit the players-only meeting during the week as the reason why.

Allowing 82 combined points over two weeks is atrocious, and yet the Giants defense allowed it to happen against the Rams and 49ers. It was rock bottom after letting up over 400 yards to the 49ers, and the defense addressed what is going wrong in a players-only meeting during the week. 

Defensive captain LB Jonathan Casillas was the man who called the meeting as he believed it was the right time to hash everything out. 

Tags: Damon Harrison, Devon Kennard, Jonathan Casillas, Landon Collins
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New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo before the start of overtime against the Kansas City Chiefs at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo before the start of overtime against the Kansas City Chiefs at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Maybe there's no way for Ben McAdoo to save his head coaching job at this point. Or maybe there's just a sliver of hope that he can convince his bosses to give him one more season.

If there is, he took the first tiny steps toward salvation with his best coaching week of the year.

Sure, the bar was pretty low heading in, but even the most strident McAdoo critics have to give him credit for this. Coming off the worst back-to-back performances by the Giants in recent memory, including a loss to a winless team in which some of his players were accused of outright quitting, McAdoo found some buttons to push, both midweek and in-game on Sunday.

Tags: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Janoris Jenkins, Jonathan Casillas, Kansas City Chiefs, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants kicker Aldrick Rosas celebrates a field goal against the Kansas City Chiefs with New York Giants punter Brad Wing during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants kicker Aldrick Rosas celebrates a field goal against the Kansas City Chiefs with New York Giants punter Brad Wing during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Giants head coach Ben McAdoo was screaming in the post-game locker room, celebrating his players for a "Great team win." Then he called Eli Manning to the center of the room to gather his teammates around him. Even his excitement bubbled over.

"Enjoy it," Manning yelled in a video the Giants posted after their 12-9 overtime win over the Kansas City Chiefs. "Feel good about it. We deserve this win. We deserve to feel this good."

Yes they do, after enduring a season of misery, controversy and questions about their heart. And after two weeks of questionable efforts, they "flipped the script" to quote one of McAdoo's favorite clichés. They fought and scratched and clawed their way to a win no one expected them to have.

Tags: Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Janoris Jenkins, Jonathan Casillas, Kansas City Chiefs, Olivier Vernon, Roger Lewis, Shane Vereen, Sterling Shepard, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon tries to tackle Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Jacquizz Rodgers during the first quarter at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon tries to tackle Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Jacquizz Rodgers during the first quarter at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Not only did Ben McAdoo have a team meeting on Wednesday, but the Giants' defense held a players-only meeting to figure out their own problems. 

The defense has looked like a shell of itself from last season as it has consistently dropped the ball the past few weeks. They have allowed a total 82 points in the last two weeks, and after allowing over 400 yards per game this season, they are ranked 31st in total defense. 

Similar to McAdoo's meeting, effort was a main area discussed in the meeting. Every player was allowed to speak, and things were spirited in the discussions. 

Tags: Damon Harrison, Devon Kennard, Jason Pierre-Paul, Jonathan Casillas, Olivier Vernon
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Sep 18, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) runs out of the pocket to avoid New York Giants outside linebacker Jonathan Casillas (52) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Sep 18, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) runs out of the pocket to avoid New York Giants outside linebacker Jonathan Casillas (52) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

The Giants lost to the 49ers on Sunday, 31-21, to fall to 1-8 on the season. Here's what's going on today...

Need to Know

The Giants practice at the Quest Diagnostics Training Facility on Thursday

Ben McAdoo held a team meeting on Wednesday >> WATCH

Keep an eye on SNY Giants throughout the day for the latest news, notes, and opinon on Big Blue...

Tags: Jonathan Casillas, Scott Thompson
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GEICO SportsNite: FNNY on Giants 00:03:50
The Football Night in New York panel discusses John Mara's decision to keep Ben McAdoo as the head coach for the rest of the 2017 season.

Giants ownership has stuck up for head coach Ben McAdoo all season, and it continued with their official statement reiterating they will not make any in-season changes with their staff. 

So, now that McAdoo knows he will be the coach for the last seven games of the season, his focus is entirely on getting the Giants out of their rut in any way he can. During his weekly conference call with reporters, McAdoo says only time will tell if Giants ownership having his back will help get his team some wins. 

"I don't know. Only time will tell," McAdoo said. "We'll have to see how everybody responds, but again, my focus is as it always is. It's on the week of preparation and trying to put a good plan together and help these coaches and players in any way I can putting a good product on the field and finding a way to get better."

Tags: Janoris Jenkins, Jonathan Casillas, Scott Thompson
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 (Sergio Estrada)
(Sergio Estrada)

Janoris Jenkins had his worst outing as a Giant on Sunday, and he didn't want to talk about it to reporters after the game. 

Jenkins, who returned from his suspenion for not showing up on time following the bye week, looked lost on Levi's Stadium. He was picked on all game long, and was held accountable for two, big touchdown passes by the 49ers. 

After his dismal performance, reporters wanted to get a word as to why Jenkins faltered so much on Sunday. "I'll be back," is all they got from him as he walked out of the locker room and never returned. He was the only secondary player to not talk to reporters. 

Tags: Janoris Jenkins, Jonathan Casillas, Olivier Vernon
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 (Kyle Terada)
(Kyle Terada)

After losing to the previously winless 49ers on Sunday, the Giants need to take a good, long look in the mirror according to RT Justin Pugh

It was an embarrassing loss for the Giants as they gave the 49ers their first win of the season. It hasn't been good for the Giants all season long, and after this loss in particular, Pugh knows that performance from here on out will determine if a player has a job next season. 

"Everybody's gotta do their jobs better or we'll be looking for new jobs," Pugh told the Daily News' Pat Leonard. "I mean, you lost to an 0-9 team. We're 1-8, so I guess you could say we're on the same level. But we're different. They're rebuilding. We're a different team. We should have won today. So we need to take a hard look in the mirror and figure it out because in this business, games like this, seasons like this do not help your job security."

Tags: Jonathan Casillas, Justin Pugh
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New York Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement)
New York Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Ben McAdoo wouldn't use the word "embarrassing" on Sunday. But after watching his defense give up 51 points to the Los Angeles Rams, Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo had no problem using that word at all.

"There's a pit right here -- it's called an embarrassing pit," Spagnuolo said on Thursday. "We feel terrible about that and looking to get it corrected."

That might be easy if this were a one-game collapse, but really the Giants' 51-17 loss at home to the Rams was just the bottom (they hope) of an embarrassing season for Spagnuolo's once-proud defense. They were a Top 10 unit one year ago and brought back almost every key player. This year they are statistically the third-worst defense in the NFL and have now given up more than 400 yards in four of their last five games.

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Jonathan Casillas, Olivier Vernon, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants middle linebacker B.J. Goodson against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants middle linebacker B.J. Goodson against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants LBs B.J. Goodson (ankle), Devon Kennard (quad), and Keenan Robinson (quad) are all listed as out for Sunday's game against the 49ers in San Francisco.

All three players missed practice on Thursday and Friday.

CB Donte Deayon (ankle) is doubtful, while  LB Jonathan Casillas (neck), LB Calvin Munson (quad), DE Olivier Vernon (ankle), and DE Kerry Wynn (knee) are questionable.

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Devon Kennard, Jason Pierre-Paul, Jonathan Casillas, Justin Pugh, Keenan Robinson, Kerry Wynn, Olivier Vernon
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GEICO SportsNite: McAdoo issues 00:01:04
Ralph Vacchiano discusses the turmoil in the locker room following anonymous quotes from several Giants players regarding Ben McAdoo.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Giants smell a "rat" or two in their locker room, and they seem determined to flush them out.

That was the general, on-the-record reaction to the two anonymous players who ripped head coach Ben McAdoo and defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo in a published report on Wednesday. Several Giants players called their anonymous teammates "cowards".

And they absolutely want to find out who the leakers are.

Tags: Damon Harrison, Jonathan Casillas, Justin Pugh, Landon Collins, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Tim Heitman)
(Tim Heitman)

The Giants travel to San Francisco to take on the 49ers this Sunday. Here's what's going on today...

Need to Know

The Giants will practice at the Quest Diagnostics Training Facility on Friday.

Jason Pierre-Paul's absence at practice Thursday wasn't injury-related >> Read More

Keep an eye on SNY Giants throughout the day for the latest news, notes, and opinon on Big Blue...

Tags: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Evan Engram, Janoris Jenkins, Jonathan Casillas, Landon Collins, Orleans Darkwa, Scott Thompson
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New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) (Seth Wenig/AP)
New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) (Seth Wenig/AP)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Jason Pierre-Paul missed practice on Thursday, but the team said it was not injury-related.

The defensive end was riding the stationary bike in the injury area at the start of practice on Thursday, before heading inside to work with trainers in the team's field house. It appeared that the trainers were working on his left shoulder -- which would make sense since he had a shoulder injury earlier in the season.

JPP had company on the sidelines, too. Three linebackers were also sitting out practice -- Keenan Robinson (quad), B.J. Goodson (ankle) and Devon Kennard (quad).

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Dalvin Tomlinson, Devon Kennard, Jason Pierre-Paul, Jonathan Casillas, Justin Pugh, Keenan Robinson, Kerry Wynn, Olivier Vernon, Ralph Vacchiano
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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)
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)

LB Keenan Robinson and LB Devon Kennard -- both suffering from quad injuries -- joined LB B.J. Goodson (ankle) on the stationary bike along the sidelines during the Giants' practice on Wednesday. Goodson has not played since leaving early during New York's loss to Seattle on Oct. 23 while Robinson left Sunday's game against the Rams.

LB Jonathan Casillas (neck), LB Calvin Munson (quad) CB Donte Deayon (ankle), OL Justin Pugh (back), DT Dalvin Tomlinson (ankle), LB Olivier Vernon (ankle) and DE Kerry Wynn (knee) are listed on the injury report, but were limited participants in practice. 

Vernon has not played since Week 4 and Casillas has not suited up since Week 5. Pugh missed his first game of the season during Sunday's 51-17 loss to the Rams.

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Dalvin Tomlinson, Devon Kennard, Jonathan Casillas, Justin Pugh, Keenan Robinson, Kerry Wynn, Olivier Vernon
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New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard runs away from Philadelphia Eagles strong safety Malcolm Jenkins on a 77-yard touchdown catch at Lincoln Financial Field. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard runs away from Philadelphia Eagles strong safety Malcolm Jenkins on a 77-yard touchdown catch at Lincoln Financial Field. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)

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THE GAME

The Giants (1-6) vs. the Los Angeles Rams (5-2) at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on Sunday, Nov. 5, at 1 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER

That dark cloud that's been hovering over the Giants all season? Yeah, it'll be there Sunday. The forecast calls for "considerable cloudiness" and intermittent rain with a temperature in the low 60s. As if the crowd wasn't going to be small enough for this one ...

WHAT IT MEANS

There are really two ways this season can go for head coach Ben McAdoo. His team can show some fight, keep the games competitive and maybe steal a win or two. Or his team can surrender and start getting blown out. Now that they're back from their bye, whichever way they start out is likely where the rest of the games are headed. They are very undermanned now, and they know they have nothing to play for, so motivation won't be easy. Neither will be responding when things go wrong (and things will go wrong). It will be a test of McAdoo's coaching and leadership ability. How the team reacts may determine whether he keeps his job.

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Brandon Marshall, Brett Jones, Damon Harrison, D.J. Fluker, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, John Jerry, Jonathan Casillas, Justin Pugh, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Sterling Shepard, St. Louis Rams, Weston Richburg, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants guard Justin Pugh (67) (Brad Penner)
New York Giants guard Justin Pugh (67) (Brad Penner)

LB BJ Goodson (ankle), LB Jonathan Casillas (neck), RT Justin Pugh (back), C Weston Richburg (concussion), DE Olivier Vernon (ankle), and DE Kerry Wynn are all listed as out for Sunday's game against the Rams at MetLife Stadium. 

CB Janoris Jenkins (suspension) is also out.

CB Donte Deayon (ankle) is questionable.

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Jonathan Casillas, Justin Pugh, Kerry Wynn, Olivier Vernon, Weston Richburg
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GEICO SportsNite: Shepard 00:01:35
Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard shares how great he feels coming off a bye week and how the team plans to keep the past in the past.

Giants WR Sterling Shepard (ankle) practiced in full on Thursday and appears likely to play on Sunday against the Rams at MetLife Stadium.

Shepard has missed the last two games after injuring his ankle on Oct. 8 against the Chargers.

LB BJ Goodson (ankle), RT Justin Pugh (back), C Weston Richburg (concussion), DE Olivier Vernon(ankle), and DE Kerry Wynn all missed practice for a second straight day. 

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Jonathan Casillas, Justin Pugh, Kerry Wynn, Olivier Vernon, Sterling Shepard, Weston Richburg
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DNL: Giants locker room issues 00:03:04
On DNL, Jonas Schwartz, John Harper, Sal Licata and Anthony McCarron discuss whether Giants head coach Ben McAdoo has lost the locker room.

The Giants (1-6) take on the Rams (5-2) at MetLife Stadium coming off their bye week.

Need to Know

The Giants practice on Thursday at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.

Oliver Vernon, Justin Pugh, B.J. Goodson among Giants who missed practice Wednesday. >> Read More

Tags: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Janoris Jenkins, Jonathan Casillas, Scott Thompson
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GEICO SportsNite: Giants 00:02:14
Ben McAdoo and Giants players respond to questions about the state of the locker room after the suspension of Janoris Jenkins.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Giants players made it clear on Wednesday that none of their recent controversies were a sign that Ben McAdoo had lost their locker room. It's nothing personal, they insisted. They don't hate him, they said. In fact, they swear they respect him.

Maybe that's true. But they sure do have a funny way of showing it.

Because as much as the Giants - at least those who were willing to talk -- wanted to give the appearance of a happy locker room on Wednesday, that's a tough sell when two prominent players have been suspended in a three-week span for breaking team rules.

Tags: Eli Manning, Jonathan Casillas, Ralph Vacchiano
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Olivier Vernon (Eric Hartline)
Olivier Vernon (Eric Hartline)

LB BJ Goodson (ankle), RT Justin Pugh (back), C Weston Richburg (concussion), DE Olivier Vernon (ankle), DE Kerry Wynn, and S Nat Berhe (calf) all missed Giants practice on Wednesday.

Goodson, Richburg, Pugh, and Vernon had all done work on the side during practice on Monday.

LB Jonathan Casillas (neck), RB Paul Perkins (ribs), and WR Sterling Shepard (ankle) are all on the injury report, but were participating in practice.

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Jonathan Casillas, Justin Pugh, Kerry Wynn, Nat Berhe, Olivier Vernon, Paul Perkins, Sterling Shepard, Weston Richburg
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GEICO SportsNite: Giants 00:02:18
Ralph Vacchiano reports the latest from Giants practice, where the team is coming off a bye week looking to rebound.

The Giants (1-6) take on the Rams (5-2) at MetLife Stadium coming off their bye week.

Need to Know

The Giants get the day off, and will have practice on Wednesday. 

Keep an eye on SNY Giants throughout the day for the latest news, notes, and opinon on Big Blue...

Tags: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Jonathan Casillas, Paul Perkins, Shane Vereen, Sterling Shepard, Scott Thompson
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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - NFL trades are rare to begin with, especially in the middle of the season. The Giants have only done it once in the Jerry Reese era, when they acquired injury-prone linebacker Jon Beason from the Carolina Panthers back in 2013.

So with the trade deadline set for 4 p.m. on Tuesday, don't expect the Giants to be in on the action.

Tags: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Manning, Jonathan Casillas, Shane Vereen, Ralph Vacchiano
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Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman blocks a pass intended for New York Giants wide receiver Tavarres King in the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman blocks a pass intended for New York Giants wide receiver Tavarres King in the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

Eli Manning and the New York Giants recorded 177 yards of total offense as they fell to 1-6 with a 24-7 loss to the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium.

A week after totaling 148 rushing yards against the Denver Broncos, New York's ground game recorded 46 rushing yards, led by Orleans Darkwa's 35. 

Russell Wilson threw for 334 yards and three touchdowns, including a 38-yard pass to Paul Richardson on a fourth-quarter flea flicker after Manning lost a fumble.

Tags: Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Jonathan Casillas, Landon Collins, Orleans Darkwa, Seattle Seahawks
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Seattle Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham catches a pass against New York Giants middle linebacker B.J. Goodson at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
Seattle Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham catches a pass against New York Giants middle linebacker B.J. Goodson at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants linebacker B.J. Goodson and offensive lineman Justin Pugh left Sunday's game against the Seattle Seahawks due to injuries.

Goodson suffered an ankle injury in the second quarter and was ruled out, while Pugh suffered a back injury and was listed as questionable to return.

Safety Nat Berhe also left the game and is being evaluated for a possible concussion.

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Jonathan Casillas
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Oct 1, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants offensive guard Justin Pugh (67) blocks as Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Noah Spence (57) rushes during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Oct 1, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants offensive guard Justin Pugh (67) blocks as Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Noah Spence (57) rushes during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter |: Standing at 1-6 entering the second half, it's safe to say the season is lost for the Giants. It was a major letdown based their preseason expectations -- possibly the biggest this franchise has faced in recent years. So, these next nine games don't seem like that big of a deal. Fans are pleading the Giants to tank to get a top five draft pick, and refocus to next season. 

But for the team, they still have a job to do. Paychecks are still being signed by the front office, and for some, it could be the last ones they see from the organization following the season.

Here are some Giants that need to perform in the second half if they wish to remain on Big Blue next season:

Tags: D.J. Fluker, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Jonathan Casillas, Justin Pugh, Keenan Robinson, Kerry Wynn, Shane Vereen, Scott Thompson
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Olivier Vernon (Jeff Hanisch/USA TODAY Sports)
Olivier Vernon (Jeff Hanisch/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon will miss his third straight game due to an ankle injury when New York faces the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday at 4:25 p.m. at MetLife Stadium.

The Giants ruled Vernon, center Weston Richburg, running back Paul Perkins and linebackers Jonathan Casillas and Calvin Munson out, while listing wide receiver Sterling Shepard as questionable as the Giants look to win their second straight game.

Tags: Jonathan Casillas, Olivier Vernon, Paul Perkins, Sterling Shepard, Weston Richburg
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New York Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon (William Hauser)
New York Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon (William Hauser)

Giants DE Olivier Vernon (ankle) missed practice on Thursday after participating on a limited basis on Wednesday.

Vernon missed last Sunday's game against the Broncos due to the injury.

LB Jonathan Casillas (neck), LB Calvin Munson (quad), and C Weston Richburg (concussion) also missed practice.

Tags: Eli Apple, John Jerry, Jonathan Casillas, Landon Collins, Olivier Vernon, Paul Perkins, Sterling Shepard, Weston Richburg
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New York Giants running back Orleans Darkwa stiff arms Denver Broncos strong safety Justin Simmons in the second quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants running back Orleans Darkwa stiff arms Denver Broncos strong safety Justin Simmons in the second quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)

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Well, that was unexpected.

The Giants suffered through one of their worst weeks in years, with their best player and two other receivers lost to the season with injuries, one player suspended, several other players hurt and a general sense of chaos, unhappiness and gloom hanging over the team. Going on the road to Denver against one of the NFL's best defenses seemed like an obvious recipe for disaster.

So, how to explain the scoreboard: Giants 23, Broncos 10?

Tags: Bobby Hart, Brandon Marshall, D.J. Fluker, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, John Jerry, Jonathan Casillas, Justin Pugh, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Sterling Shepard, Weston Richburg, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants center Weston Richburg blocks against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants center Weston Richburg blocks against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

With center Weston Richburg among seven Giants players inactive for Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos, New York adjusted its offensive line to feature Brett Jones at center, DJ Fluker at right guard, John Jerry at left guard and Justin Pugh at right tackle.

Richburg is out due to a concussion after missing practice on Wednesday and Thursday.

The Giants also ruled defensive end Olivier Vernon (ankle), wide receiver Sterling Shepard (ankle), linebacker Jonathan Casillas (neck), defensive end Romeo Okwara (ankle), running back Paul Perkins (ribs) and quarterback David Webb out.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Brett Jones, Denver Broncos, Dwayne Harris, Jonathan Casillas, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Paul Perkins, Sterling Shepard, Weston Richburg
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Ben McAdoo (Bill Kostroun/AP)
Ben McAdoo (Bill Kostroun/AP)

Giants head coach Ben McAdoo said Friday that no one is giving his 0-5 team "a chance in hell" to win on Sunday night against the Broncos in Denver.

"We've got a great opportunity," McAdoo said. "There's nobody giving us a chance in hell to go win this ballgame. People don't think we can score a point without 13 [Odell Beckham, Jr.]. They think our defense has lost its stinger. Special teams isn't important to the whole locker room. So, we're going to find out what we're made out of on a big stage, and I think we have a good football team."

The Giants, who lost wide receivers Beckham, Brandon Marshall, and Dwayne Harris to season-ending injuries during last week's loss to the Chargers, will also be without Sterling Shepard on Sunday.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Dwayne Harris, Jonathan Casillas, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Paul Perkins, Sterling Shepard, Tavarres King, Weston Richburg, Danny Abriano
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Olivier Vernon (Eric Hartline)
Olivier Vernon (Eric Hartline)

Giants DE Olivier Vernon (ankle), WR Sterling Shepard (ankle), LB Jonathan Casillas (neck), C Weston Richburg (concussion), DE Romeo Okwara (ankle), and RB Paul Perkins (ribs) have all been ruled out for Sunday night's game against the Broncos in Denver. 

S Landon Collins (ankle) is questionable.

Sherpard and Vernon both said earlier this week that they were feeling better, but remained out of practice on Wednesday and Thursday.

Earlier this week, the Giants placed Odell Beckham Jr. (ankle surgery), Dwayne Harris (foot), and Brandon Marshall (ankle) on season-ending IR.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Dwayne Harris, Jonathan Casillas, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Paul Perkins, Sterling Shepard, Weston Richburg
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 (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
(Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Giants LB Jonathan Casillas (neck), S Landon Collins (ankle), RB Paul Perkins (ribs), C Weston Richburg (concussion), WR Sterling Shepard (ankle), and DE Olivier Vernon (ankle) all missed practice on Thursday for a second consecutive day.

DE Romeo Okwara (knee) was a limited participant.

Shepard, who sparined his ankle against the Chargers last Sunday, said earlier this week he has "no idea" if he will be ready for the Giants' game against the Broncos on Sunday night. However, Shepard does feel the ankle healing.

Tags: Jonathan Casillas, Landon Collins, Olivier Vernon, Paul Perkins, Sterling Shepard, Weston Richburg
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 (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
(Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Giants LB Jonathan Casillas (neck), S Landon Collins (ankle), RB Paul Perkins (ribs), C Weston Richburg (concussion), WR Sterling Shepard (ankle), and DE Olivier Vernon (ankle) all missed practice on Thursday for a second consecutive day.

DE Romeo Okwara (knee) was a limited participant.

Shepard, who sparined his ankle against the Chargers last Sunday, said earlier this week he has "no idea" if he will be ready for the Giants' game against the Broncos on Sunday night. However, Shepard does feel the ankle healing.

Tags: Jonathan Casillas, Landon Collins, Olivier Vernon, Paul Perkins, Sterling Shepard, Weston Richburg
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GEICO SportsNite: Beckham injury 00:02:31
The Football Night in New York crew discusses Odell Beckham Jr. fracturing his ankle in the team's loss to the Chargers.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Giants' season is just about over. And now Odell Beckham Jr.'s season could be over, too.

The superstar receiver was carted off the field on Sunday after suffering a fractured left ankle in the fourth quarter of the Giants' 27-22 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. The Giants say he may need surgery, which would almost certainly end his season. A source familiar with his injury said that surgery is "likely," though a decision won't be made until after he has an MRI.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, D.J. Fluker, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Dwayne Harris, Eli Manning, John Jerry, Jonathan Casillas, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Orleans Darkwa, Sterling Shepard
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FNNY: What went wrong in Tampa? 00:01:49
The Football Night New York crew discusses what went wrong in Tampa for the Giants in Sunday's loss.

After Sunday's last-second loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers dropped the Giants to 0-4, New York reportedly saw its playoff odds diminish to around 1 percent.

The Giants, who lost 25-23 on Nick Folk's game-winning field goal as time expired, had a 4.4 percent chance at making the playoffs, according to Football Outsiders, and now they are around 1 percent, according to ESPN Stats & Info, via the New York Daily News' Pat Leonard.

"We have to figure this out fast, because we're so far in a hole that it's hard to see," cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie said, according to Leonard.

Tags: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Jonathan Casillas, Justin Pugh, Odell Beckham Jr., Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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Sep 24, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) is chased by New York Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon (54) during the third quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
Sep 24, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) is chased by New York Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon (54) during the third quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

Giants DE Olivier Vernon (ankle) and LB Jonathan Casillas (ankle/wrist) are active for the team's Week four matchup against the Buccaneers after they were listed as questionable.

 

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(Robert Deutsch)

Giants DE Olivier Vernon (ankle), LB Jonathan Casillas (ankle/wrist), G Brett Jones (hip), and RB Orleans Darkwa (back) are all listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers in Tampa Bay.

T Bobby Hart (ankle), who had missed practice on Wednesday, parcicipated on a limited basis on Thursday and is no longer on the injury report.

LB B.J. Goodson (shin), who returned to practice earlier this week, is also no longer on the injury report.

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Bobby Hart, Brett Jones, Jonathan Casillas, Olivier Vernon, Orleans Darkwa
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 (Brad Penner - USA TODAY SPORTS)
(Brad Penner - USA TODAY SPORTS)

Giants DE Olivier Vernon (ankle) missed practice for the second straight day on Thursday.

T Bobby Hart (ankle), who had missed practice on Wednesday, parcicipated on a limited basis on Thursday.

LB B.J. Goodson (shin) was limited for a second straight day after returning to practice on Wednesday...

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Bobby Hart, Brett Jones, J.T. Thomas, Janoris Jenkins, Jonathan Casillas, Olivier Vernon, Orleans Darkwa, Shane Vereen
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(Alex Brandon/AP)

During a meeting with the players on Wednesday night, Giants co-owner John Mara requested for them to stand during the national anthem but said he would support those who kneel, LB Jonathan Casillas relayed to reporters on Thursday.

S Landon Collins said the meeting was a "heart-to-heart" and that Mara was "very supportive" of the players, according to Art Stapleton of The Record.

Collins, Damon Harrison, and Olivier Vernon all knelt during the anthem prior to Sunday's game against the Eagles in response to President Donald Trump's comments on Friday night.

Tags: Damon Harrison, Jonathan Casillas, Justin Pugh, Landon Collins, Olivier Vernon
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(Noah K. Murray)

Giants LB B.J. Goodson (shin) practiced on a limited basis on Wednesday after missing the last two games.

Janoris Jenkins, who had been dealing wih wrist and ankle injuries but played last Sunday against the Eagles, practiced in full.

LB Jonathan Casillas (ankle/wrist), RB Orleans Darkwa (back), OT Bobby Hart (ankle), LB J.T. Thomas (groin), DE Olivier Vernon (ankle), and RB Shane Vereen (calf) all missed practice.

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Bobby Hart, J.T. Thomas, Janoris Jenkins, Jonathan Casillas, Olivier Vernon, Orleans Darkwa, Shane Vereen
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New York Giants players stand during the national anthem before game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants players stand during the national anthem before game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)

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PHILADELPHIA -- Olivier Vernon is the son of a retired police officer who served for 25 years. He's a child of immigrants, with a father who came from Jamaica and a mother who hailed from Switzerland. He has watched the racial problems he sees in this country for a while, and listened closely to the words of a man he insisted "ain't my president."

Sometime on Saturday, though, the Giants defensive end decided he had enough.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Damon Harrison, Jonathan Casillas, Landon Collins, Olivier Vernon, Philadelphia Eagles, Ralph Vacchiano
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The Giants defense may have been on the field for too long due to lack of offense, but they are not using it as an excuse for allowing 19 points in their loss to the Cowboys on Sunday night. 

In the first half, the defense saw 47 plays from the Cowboys as the offense couldn't get anything going. The unit, which many believe to be one of the best in the NFL this season, looked fatigued. However, CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie didn't want to hear that after the game. 

"At some point you have to suck it up," Rodgers-Cromartie told The Post. "You just have to find a way to get off the field. We didn't get off the field enough."

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Dalvin Tomlinson, Devon Kennard, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Jonathan Casillas
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 (Erich Schlegel)
(Erich Schlegel)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The news that Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has been suspended for the first six games of the NFL season has the potential to cause a seismic shift in the NFC East. But it didn't cause many waves in the Giants locker room.

As far as the Giants are concerned, the Cowboys will be tough to beat in the regular season opener with or without the NFL's best young running back. So the news didn't change their outlook on the season one bit.

I don't care," said Giants linebacker Jonathan Casillas. "We get them how we get them. But they're still Dallas now. They still have a very good young quarterback who had a good, strong rookie year. They've got a strong receiver on the outside, one of the better slot receivers in the game, one of the greatest tight ends I ever played against. Those guys are still there. Their O-line is still intact."

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(Bill Kostroun/AP)

The Giants are not planning to agree to extensions with Odell Beckham, Jr. and a host of other players at the moment, multiple sources told Jordan Raanan of ESPN.

"Listen, he deserves to get paid. We're going to pay him," Giants owner John Mara said about Beckham at Giants training camp on Friday. "It's just a question of when we do the contract."

Asked when the time might be right, Mara joked "When we determine that his agent is being reasonable." Asked if he could see Beckham having a new deal by the start of next year's training camp, Mara said "I think that's certainly a possibility."

Tags: Devon Kennard, Jonathan Casillas, Justin Pugh, Odell Beckham Jr., Weston Richburg
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Minnesota Vikings running back Matt Asiata rushes away from New York Giants linebacker Jonathan Casillas in the fourth quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. (Bruce Kluckhohn/USA TODAY Sports)
Minnesota Vikings running back Matt Asiata rushes away from New York Giants linebacker Jonathan Casillas in the fourth quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. (Bruce Kluckhohn/USA TODAY Sports)

No one on the New York Giants' defense has spent more time working with coordinator Steve Spagnuolo than weakside linebacker and captain Jonathan Casillas.

The two worked together in New Orleans in 2012 when Spags was the Saints' coordinator, and they were reunited here two years ago when the detail-obsessed Spagnuolo was hired for a second tenure with the Giants by Tom Coughlin and retained when Ben McAdoo was elevated to head coach last season.

Talking football is a constant for the two, and Casillas believes Spagnuolo is mellowing.

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The DNL panel debates whether or not it is a problem that Odell Beckham Jr missed the first day of OTAs, even though they are not mandatory

The New York Giants took the field for their first time as a team this spring, but they were missing at least one of their most important players.

Odell Beckham Jr., the Giants' talented and enigmatic receiver, was a no-show for the first day of organized team activities (OTAs), a team source confirmed. The reason for his absence wasn't clear, but he doesn't necessarily need to give one. All 10 of the OTA sessions the Giants will hold over the next three weeks are part of the voluntary offseason program.

The only mandatory event this offseason for Giants players is the team's three-day minicamp, which is scheduled for June 13-15.

Still, Beckham's absence is notable if only because of the way he left off last season and Giants GM Jerry Reese's postseason declaration that it was time for Beckham to finally "grow up." Beckham ended last year with a disappointing performance in the team's playoff loss in Green Bay, which was preceded by his ill-timed trip with his fellow receivers to Miami, and followed by his decision to punch a hole in the wall outside the interview area in Lambeau Field.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Janoris Jenkins, Jonathan Casillas, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Ralph Vacchiano
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Nov 20, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo coaches against the Chicago Bears during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 20, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo coaches against the Chicago Bears during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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Click here to read Part I of the Giants Notebook.

One of the biggest criticisms of the Ben McAdoo offense last year - besides his play-calling - was the fact that they used "11 personnel" (three receivers, one tight end, one running back) on more than 90 percent of their plays. It led to cries that the Giants were too predictable and not nearly imaginative enough.

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Devon Kennard, J.T. Thomas, Jonathan Casillas, Keenan Robinson, Nikita Whitlock, Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Shane Vereen, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants linebacker Keenan Robinson (Adam Wesley/Green Bay Press Gazette via USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants linebacker Keenan Robinson (Adam Wesley/Green Bay Press Gazette via USA TODAY Sports)

The Giants announced their deal with LB Keenan Robinson, which is for one year and is worth up to $4 million, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed.

Robinson recorded 54 total tackles (83 combined) in his first season with the Giants in 2016.

New York had been trying to re-sign him prior to free agency beginning, though Robinson reportedly visited with the Cincinnati Bengals and Buffalo Bills. 

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Devon Kennard, Jonathan Casillas, Keenan Robinson
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