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Beckham misses Day 1 of OTAs 00:03:31
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)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

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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 (Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports)
(Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

Even though the Giants are coming off their most successful regular season since 2008 and their first playoff berth since 2011, their season-ending, 38-13 loss in Green Bay in the wild-card round left a bad taste in everyone's mouth. It also left the Giants heading into the offseason with plenty of difficult questions.

You asked them, so I'll answer as many as I can in two installments of the first offseason edition of my SNY Giants Twitter mailbag. Here is Part II:

Is it time for the Giants to draft their next franchise quarterback? -- @kennyg825

In a word, no. I actually wrote about this here last week, and my opinion remains unchanged. I believe the Giants should keep their eyes open for an opportunity to find their next franchise quarterback, but they shouldn't move on it this early unless the opportunity is too good to pass up. Yes, if the next Aaron Rodgers fell to them at 23 they should pounce. But as of right now, I don't see the next Aaron Rodgers in this draft. Some scouts aren't sure there's a franchise quarterback at all...

Tags: Eli Manning, Jonathan Casillas, Larry Donnell, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Will Tye, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Jeff Hanisch)
(Jeff Hanisch)

Giants CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who left Sunday's season-ending loss during the first defensive series due to a bruised thigh and only returned on special teams, was disappointed to not finish the season with his teammates.

"It was very disappointing," Rodgers-Cromartie said, according to Bart Hubbuch of the NY Post. "Any time your season ends like that when you can't go out there and fight with your guys, man, it makes the loss that much worse."

The Giants, who led 6-0 late in the first half, were burned for 38 points, with much of the damage coming through the air.

Tags: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Green Bay Packers, Jonathan Casillas, Landon Collins, Trevin Wade
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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. walks off the field following Sunday's 38-13 loss to the Green Bay Packers in the NFC wild-card game at Lambeau FIeld. (Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. walks off the field following Sunday's 38-13 loss to the Green Bay Packers in the NFC wild-card game at Lambeau FIeld. (Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY

GREEN BAY, Wisc. -- Odell Beckham Jr. wants desperately to be considered the biggest of big-time performers. He insists on being in the spotlight. He craves everyone's attention.

That's why it was so shocking -- disappointing, really -- that on the biggest stage of his life, Beckham came up so small.

Tags: Green Bay Packers, Jonathan Casillas, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Ralph Vacchiano
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Miami Vice 00:03:33
Daily News Live debates whether the Giants wide receivers' decision to fly to Miami on their off day was a good one.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - For just a moment on Tuesday it sounded like Eli Manning was serious, like he really was bothered by the sight of his receivers, shirtless, on a party boat in Miami during their off day, six days before the start of the playoffs.

But that's not Manning's style. Dry humor is more his thing.

Tags: Eli Manning, Jonathan Casillas, Odell Beckham Jr., Rashad Jennings, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Julio Cortez/AP)
(Julio Cortez/AP)

John Fennelly, SNY.TV

As last season drew to an end, the Giants were facing another football-less January. They finished 6-10 for the second straight time and missed the playoffs for the fourth consectutive season.

The defense, decimated by injuries, was the league's worst and not befitting of wearing the Giants' vaunted blue.
Ownership had head coach Tom Coughlin fall on his sword rather than fire him and decided to give GM Jerry Reese one final chance to get his roster right -- starting with the defense.

Reese responded by getting aggressive in free agency, re-signing DE Jason Pierre-Paul and then the top DT, DE and CB available in Damon HarrisonOlivier Vernon, and Janoris Jenkins respectively. He also inked veteran LBs Keenan Robinson and Kelvin Sheppard. In the draft, he landed Ohio State CB Eli Apple in the first round and took safety Damian Thompson of Boise State in Round Three.

Tags: Damon Harrison, Devon Kennard, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Johnathan Hankins, Jonathan Casillas, Justin Pugh, Keenan Robinson, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Sterling Shepard, Weston Richburg
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 (Seth Wenig/AP)
(Seth Wenig/AP)

The Giants released their injury report on Wednesday...

The following players are OUT for Thursday night's game against the Eagles:

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

The following players are QUESTIONABLE for Thursday night's game:

Tags: Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Jonathan Casillas, Nat Berhe
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Loud Mouths: Boom or Bust 00:02:29
Sal Licata and Jon Hein play Boom or Bust, wondering if Janoris Jenkins is becoming the next Darrelle Revis.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

There is no way anyone can underestimate the Giants anymore.

Maybe they did still have a lot to prove when they rode six straight wins against (mostly) inferior opponents to an 8-3 record. But on Sunday night they beat a legitimately good team in the now-11-2 Dallas Cowboys. No team had been hotter. No team is more well-constructed. And the Giants have now beaten them twice.

What does that mean? It means that even if you think the Giants are still flawed (which they are), they have to be considered one of the best teams in their conference (which they are). It also means that, if they play up to their capabilities they can probably beat anyone in the NFL. The Giants were essentially no-shows on offense on Sunday night except for one glorious moment of Odell Beckham being Odell Beckham, and they were still good enough to take the Cowboys down.

Tags: Brett Jones, Devon Kennard, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Jonathan Casillas, Justin Pugh, Kerry Wynn, Landon Collins, Marshall Newhouse, Odell Beckham Jr., Owa Odighizuwa, Ralph Vacchiano
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Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) fumbles the ball late in the fourth quarter as New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins (20) makes the hit at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch)
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) fumbles the ball late in the fourth quarter as New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins (20) makes the hit at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - When the Giants went on their offseason spending spree, nothing surprised the NFL more than the five-year, $62.5 million deal the Giants gave to cornerback Janoris Jenkins. That contract, with its $28.8 million in guaranteed money, was the one where many agreed the Giants had badly overspent.

Nobody is saying that anymore, of course. Now that deal looks like a steal.

Jenkins, who prefers to be called "Jackrabbit", showed everyone again why he's worthy of a trip to the Pro Bowl this winter with yet another smothering, dominant performance on Sunday night. He made Dallas' Pro Bowl receiver, Dez Bryant, completely irrelevant. Bryant was targeted nine times by rookie quarterback Dak Prescott. He caught just one pass for 10 yards.

Tags: Janoris Jenkins, Jonathan Casillas, Landon Collins, Ralph Vacchiano
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Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) fumbles the ball during the second half of an NFL football game as New York Giants' Janoris Jenkins (20) and Keenan Robinson (57) defend Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) fumbles the ball during the second half of an NFL football game as New York Giants' Janoris Jenkins (20) and Keenan Robinson (57) defend Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Jason Pierre-Paul was going to find a way to impact this game, even if he couldn't get on the field to do it. So he did it with a video he made for his team to watch on Saturday night, and again with a fiery speech in their huddle after pre-game warmups.

The message was simplly that, "Everybody needs to step up," said linebacker Devon Kennard, "and if we really wanted it we could go get this win."

Tags: Devon Kennard, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Manning, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Jonathan Casillas, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Ralph Vacchiano
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GEICO SportsNite: JPP injury 00:01:50
As they prepare for the Cowboys, Giants players and coaches react to losing Jason Pierre-Paul for the remainder of the regular season.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - If there's one thing the Giants know about Jason Pierre-Paul, it's that he knows how to make a remarkable comeback.

Now their mission is to stay alive long enough for him to do it again.

Tags: Damon Harrison, Jason Pierre-Paul, Jonathan Casillas, Ralph Vacchiano
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GEICO SportsNite: Giants defense 00:00:33
Landon Collins talks with Ralph Vacchiano after the victory over the Chicago Bears and discusses the improvement in the Giants defense.

Landon Collins recorded six tackles, broke up three passes, and picked up his fifth interception of the season during New York's 22-16 win over the Bears on Sunday.

Collins extended his streak of consecutive games with an interception to four, the team's longest streak since Phillippi Starks recorded a pick in four straight games in 1995.

"He's a baller - straight up," defensive captain Jonathan Casillas said of Collins. "I don't know who's playing better than him in the NFL right now. Call it luck, call it whatever. But he's in the right place at the right time."

Tags: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Janoris Jenkins, Jonathan Casillas, Landon Collins
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There's a difference between the pretenders and the contenders in the NFL. The pretenders tease their fans with weekly dalliances with victory while the contenders find ways to close out opponents and seal those victories. As much as the 2015 Giants were pretenders, the 2016 Giants have taken on the identity of contenders.

The transformation began at the end of last season, a year in which the Giants saw six fourth quarter leads evaporate en route to a 6-10 finish. The defense was decimated by injuries and could not log in 60 full minutes of work and the letdowns were of historic proportions. The mandate from ownership was to fix the defense.

Tags: Damon Harrison, Devon Kennard, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Johnathan Hankins, Jonathan Casillas, Keenan Robinson, Landon Collins, Olivier Vernon, Sterling Shepard, John Fennelly
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New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings (23) celebrates with New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) after running for a game-ending first down against the Cincinnati Bengals during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings (23) celebrates with New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) after running for a game-ending first down against the Cincinnati Bengals during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

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The Giants have been scratching their heads all season trying to figure out why they haven't been able to run the football, sack passers and put teams away in games.

Against the Bengals on Monday night, they finally saw progress in those first two areas but still haven't solved the third. Perhaps they will do that in their back-to-back games against two of the league's worst teams (Chicago and Cleveland).

Here's a quick rundown of the positives that came out of victory over Cincinnati on Monday night.

Tags: Damon Harrison, Jerell Adams, Jonathan Casillas, Larry Donnell, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen, Will Tye, John Fennelly
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Nov 6, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants guard Justin Pugh (67) is helped off the field after spraining a knee during the second quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 6, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants guard Justin Pugh (67) is helped off the field after spraining a knee during the second quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Giants released their injury report on Saturday. The final players are listed...

The following will be OUT Monday night against the Bengals

  • OG Justin Pugh (knee)
Tags: Cincinnati Bengals, Jonathan Casillas, Justin Pugh, Kerry Wynn, Ryan Nassib, Victor Cruz
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New York Giants safety Landon Collins (21) during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. (Jeff Hanisch)
New York Giants safety Landon Collins (21) during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. (Jeff Hanisch)

The Giants' defense has been highlighted by the play of second-year safety Landon Collins, who, after a trying rookie season, has become a Pro Bowl talent.Collins leads the Giants in tackles and is sixth overall in tackles in the NFL with 57. He is the leading tackler among all safeties this season. He also has two sacks and two interceptions. One of those interceptions against the Rams in London, was retuned spectacularly for a touchdown and could be up for the play of the year award."Still hearing about it. I'm ready to continue to keep making more plays," Collins said on Monday. "That's not just one thing I could do, one great thing I could do. I can do a lot more."

Tags: Darian Thompson, Jonathan Casillas, Landon Collins, Nat Berhe, John Fennelly
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Giants allowed 420.3 yards and 27.6 points per game in 2015. This past offseason, they spent wildly to upgrade at all positions and thus far, the strategy is working.This season, they are holding teams to 361 yards and 20 points per game. They are playing better defense in the fourth quarter, allowing six points opposed to a league-high 8.8 in 2015.Their second-half defensive numbers are also much improved, with them allowing just 8.9 point. Last season, they averaged 14.1 points allowed in the second half.

Tags: Damon Harrison, Devon Kennard, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Johnathan Hankins, Jonathan Casillas, Keenan Robinson, Landon Collins, Olivier Vernon, Owa Odighizuwa, Trevin Wade, John Fennelly
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 (Robert Deutsch)
(Robert Deutsch)

The Giants made a goal-line stand Sunday during their 27-23 win over the Ravens, stuffing them three times late in the third quarter and on the first play of the fourth quarter.

Tags: Jonathan Casillas
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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. Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports
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. Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

This past offseason, Giants GM Jerry Reese was given a mandate to upgrade the team's bottom-ranked defense, which had run devoid of talent and depth the past few seasons.Reese went out and spent like a drunken sailor, so to speak, inking free agents in DE Olivier Vernon, DT Damon Harrison and CB Janoris Jenkins to top-of-the-market contracts that raised eyebrows all throughout NFL front offices. He also re-signed DE Jason Pierre-Paul to a $10 million "show me" deal, even though he knew JPP would never be the same player after blowing off half his right hand last July 4 in a fireworks mishap.

Tags: Jonathan Casillas, Landon Collins
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - In the aftermath of the Giants' 27-23 win over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, the star of the show was asked an awkward question about the difference between being 2-4 -- as the Giants would have been if they lost -- and 3-3. It wasn't a brilliant question, and Odell Beckham, Jr. said he wasn't sure how to answer."I don't know," he said. "You want to win."That's true. And now that they finally have for the first time since Week 2, the Giants want to do it again. Because, as Beckham said later, that's really the only way to answer all the questions about the Giants, to know if this win was an anomaly or the start of a trend."I think we're on the way," he said. "It's only one game. We have to go out next week and do the same thing. That's the only way you're going to be able to tell if you're hitting your stride."So maybe they'll know more on Sunday morning when they face the Los Angeles Rams in London. But there were some positive signs from their win over the Ravens that show maybe they are hitting their stride. It wasn't all good. It wasn't all pretty. But it's all covered in my 10 takeaways from the Giants' win:

Tags: Devon Kennard, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Dwayne Harris, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Jonathan Casillas, Landon Collins, Mark Herzlich, Owa Odighizuwa, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Will Beatty, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Giants defeated the Baltimore Ravens, 27-23, on Sunday to even their record to 3-3 and keep them afloat in the suddenly competitive NFC East. The win was the 700th in franchise history, making them the third NFL team to reach the milestone, after the Bears and Packers.Big Blue continues to play cliffhanger-type games. Of the six games played this year, Sunday was the fifth game decided by seven points or less. The Giants' other victories were by one and three points over Dallas and New Orleans respectively. They lost a two-point game to Washington and by seven last week in Green Bay.Two big plays made by Odell Beckham, Jr. led the Giants to victory in a game that saw them on the raw end of several poor calls by the officials.

Tags: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Manning, Janoris Jenkins, Jonathan Casillas, Landon Collins, Orleans Darkwa, John Fennelly
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

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The Giants' defense has turned over a new leaf this season, playing stout against the run and holding their own in the trenches. A big reason for the improvement is the addition of free agent DT Damon Harrison, who came as advertised from the Jets as a big-bodied space-eater.

He is currently third on the club in tackles (19), behind LB Jonathan Casillas (26) and S Landon Collins (20).

Tags: Damon Harrison, Jason Pierre-Paul, Johnathan Hankins, Jonathan Casillas, Keenan Robinson, Landon Collins, Olivier Vernon, John Fennelly
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New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) looks on from the sidelines in the second half during their game against the Oakland Raiders at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. (Chuck Cook)
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) looks on from the sidelines in the second half during their game against the Oakland Raiders at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. (Chuck Cook)

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The Giants opened their season by facing a rookie quarterback that they had very little film or recon on. Dallas' Dak Prescott appeared to be problematic to the Giants' new defensive front in the way he can move in the pocket and extend plays.

This week they face a quarterback they have a lot of film on in the New Orleans Saints' future Hall of Famer, Drew Brees, who has a history of ripping apart Giants' defenses.

Tags: Jonathan Casillas, John Fennelly
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GEICO SportsNite: Giants 00:01:32
SNY's Ralph Vacchiano reports on how the Giants are preparing for their Week 1 showdown with the Dallas Cowboys.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Ben McAdoo is just 39 years old and only 15 years removed from his days as an assistant coach in high school. By NFL standards it's been a meteoric rise from nowhere to center stage in New York as the man who has revive the Giants and fill Tom Coughlin's shoes.

So as he gets set for his first regular season game as head coach - in Dallas, of all places, against the arch-rival Cowboys - is McAdoo starting to feel a few nerves?

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Darian Thompson, Jonathan Casillas, Josh Brown, Nat Berhe, Rashad Jennings, Will Beatty, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Giants linebacker Jonathan Casillas said his ribs are "very sore," but tests discovered no fractures and he expects to be ready for the regular season opener in 13 days.

"I'm going to be ready for Dallas," he said. "I'm not going to miss Dallas."

Tags: Jonathan Casillas, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (William Hauser)
(William Hauser)

WR Odell Beckham, Jr., who sustained a laceration on his lower left leg on Sunday could be back as early as Thursday. Head coach Ben McAdoo said he looks close to returning.

"We'll see how he responds," McAdoo said. "Every day is a new day. It's amazing what could happen over the course of a night."

Second year TE Matt LaCosse left practice with a knee injury, but came back and "fought through it."

Tags: Eli Manning, Jonathan Casillas, Josh Brown, Larry Donnell, Odell Beckham Jr., Paul Perkins, Ryan Nassib, Trevin Wade, John Fennelly
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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 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 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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