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Jan 19, 2020; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Tennessee Titans cornerback Logan Ryan (26) runs onto the field before the AFC Championship Game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports (Denny Medley)
Jan 19, 2020; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Tennessee Titans cornerback Logan Ryan (26) runs onto the field before the AFC Championship Game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports (Denny Medley)

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There is likely a long way to go before this DeAndre Baker mess plays out, but there's no doubt he is in a whole lot of trouble. The crimes he's accused of -- four counts of armed robbery, four counts of aggravated assault -- are serious. In Florida, armed robbery with a semiautomatic weapon carries a minimum sentence of 15 years in jail per count.

And even if he pleads his way down from that and doesn't spend the next 60 years in prison, an NFL suspension surely looms.

It's always hard to predict the time frame of how the legal process will play out or when the NFL will weigh in, but given the awful details in the arrest warrant that was released on Thursday night -- such as witnesses saying Baker ordered an accomplice to shoot his robbery victims -- it's hard to imagine the NFL will let him back on the field anytime soon, if ever. Even if they don't suspend him right away, he seems likely to land on the "Commissioner's exempt list" at the start of the year.

Tags: Corey Ballentine, DeAndre Baker, Eli Apple, Julian Love, Sam Beal, Ralph Vacchiano
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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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DeAndre Baker/Xavier McKinney
DeAndre Baker/Xavier McKinney

As the Giants were putting together a fine 2020 NFL Draft, teams within the NFC East were loading up on playmakers on the offensive side of the ball. 

The Cowboys had Oklahoma WR CeeDee Lamb fall into their laps at No. 17 overall, and the Eagles took their man in TCU WR Jalen Reagor at No. 21 overall to go along with more speedy receivers at the bottom of the draft. And then the 49ers traded Marquise Goodwin to Philadelphia as the Eagles brought in yet another veteran option to a receiving corps that was depleted last season. 

For the Giants, these new weapons on opposing offenses could be a big challenge next season under new head coach Joe Judge.

Tags: Corey Ballentine, DeAndre Baker, Julian Love, Sam Beal, Scott Thompson
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Xavier McKinney
Xavier McKinney

Giants new safety Xavier McKinney will be honest with you: he thought he was going to go in the first round. 

But the moment New York called his name off the board with the fourth pick in the second round, that all went away. 

"Very surprised," McKinney said to the media when asked about falling out of the first round. "Of course I thought I was going to be drafted yesterday, but it is what it is. I'm happy to be a Giant and that's all that matters."

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It was simple for the Giants when the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft began. If Alabama S Xavier McKinney fell to them like he fell out of the first round, they'd pounce. 

That's exactly what happened when their 36th overall pick was on the clock.

"We made up our mind that if Xavier fell to us, we would take him," Gettleman told the media on a conference call Friday night. 

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Julian Love
Julian Love

Julian Love's rookie season with the Giants was one big experiment. 

New York knew that Love was a great coverage player, but with the abundance of young cornerbacks on the roster, they had him transition into a safety. Antoine Bethea was starting next to Jabrill Peppers, so the Notre Dame product had time to work at his new position before injuries threw him into the mix. Five starts later, Love did pretty well. 

Now heading into the 2020 season, Bethea is gone and that spot next to Peppers is wide open. So his goal his quite clear for his sophomore campaign. 

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Nov 24, 2018; Berkeley, CA, USA; California Golden Bears safety Ashtyn Davis (27) runs the ball for an interception return and touchdown against the Colorado Buffaloes in the first quarter at California Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports (John Hefti)
Nov 24, 2018; Berkeley, CA, USA; California Golden Bears safety Ashtyn Davis (27) runs the ball for an interception return and touchdown against the Colorado Buffaloes in the first quarter at California Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports (John Hefti)

In his latest seven-round mock draft, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano had the Giants selecting California safety Ashtyn Davis in the second round. It was a pick that his predicted trade with the Dolphins landed, but nevertheless, it was one that made tons of sense. 

Because Davis could be the perfect complement the Giants are looking for next to Jabrill Peppers at safety.

When you think of top safeties in this year's draft class, you think Alabama's Xavier McKinney or LSU's Grant Delpit. Both of those players should be going in the first round, or very early in the second round.

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Newest Giants CB James Bradberry can't introduce himself to the fans how he might want to with coronavirus not allowing him to make his way to New York. So, instead, he took some time out of his day on Sunday to answer fan questions on the team's Reddit page. 

Here are some of the highlights from the questions asked...

1) @Celestrial2: You had to match up with Julio [Jones], Mike Evans and Michael Thomas twice a year. Which of the three was hardest to guard?

Tags: Janoris Jenkins, Julian Love, Scott Thompson
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Dave Gettleman/Cesar Ruiz
Dave Gettleman/Cesar Ruiz

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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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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)

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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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The Giants' 2019 season didn't go to plan. 

Despite a 4-12 overall record, there might've been one positive that came out of Blue Big's bad year. Plenty of young players got playing time, rookies specifically. 

And the Giants' first-year pros used that valuable time well, according to Pro Football Focus

Tags: Daniel Jones, Darius Slayton, Dexter Lawrence, Julian Love
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Daniel Jones/Eli Manning
Daniel Jones/Eli Manning

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The Giants returned to New York after their win over the Redskins on Sunday. And they decided it was a cause for celebration. 

Several Giants players, including quarterbacks Eli Manning and Daniel Jones, were seen at Green Rock Tap and Grill in Hoboken, NJ enjoying their victory with some games of flip cup, throwing napkins to the ceiling and dancing with the other patrons. Check it out below...

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Tags: Daniel Jones, Eli Manning, Julian Love, Saquon Barkley, Scott Thompson
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Dave Gettleman
Dave Gettleman

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Giants had never really fired a general manager before Dec. 4, 2017, when Jerry Reese was told to clean out his office. The closest they came was in 1978, when Andy Robustelli left on his own, saving the Maras from pushing him out the door.

From 1979 through 2017, the Giants had three general managers with an average tenure of 13 seasons.

There's a reason for that kind of front office stability -- a very good reason. And no matter how frustrated John Mara and Steve Tisch may be with the last two miserable seasons, they shouldn't ignore that and change their philosophy with Dave Gettleman now.

Tags: Alec Ogletree, Daniel Jones, DeAndre Baker, Dexter Lawrence, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Julian Love, Nate Solder, Saquon Barkley, Will Hernandez, Ralph Vacchiano
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - If this really was the end for Eli Manning, at least it was a fitting finale.

And if this wasn't the end ... well, maybe it should be.

The Giants' icon got to go out a winner, and once again heard the cheers from the crowd, in what might easily was the best performance of his final season in New York. The 38-year-old quarterback completed 20 of his 28 passes for 283 yards and threw two touchdowns. Sure, he also threw three interceptions. But his performance was enough to snap the Giants' franchise-record-tying nine-game losing streak and to beat the Miami Dolphins 36-20.

Tags: Antoine Bethea, Cody Latimer, Corey Ballentine, Dalvin Tomlinson, Daniel Jones, Darius Slayton, DeAndre Baker, Dexter Lawrence, Eli Manning, Golden Tate, Julian Love, Sam Beal, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Ralph Vacchiano
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PHILADELPHIA - Eli Manning has built his career on storybook endings. But he couldn't do it one more time.

After 11 weeks of standing on the sidelines watching his successor in his old job, the 38-year-old Manning showed everyone on Monday night that there's still at least a little life left in his right arm - but just not nearly enough to give the Giants a much-needed victory. After a red-hot first half he cooled down considerably in the second.

That opened the door for the Eagles to rally from a 14-point halftime deficit and send the game into overtime. And when Carson Wentz hit Zach Ertz with a two-yard touchdown pass at the end of their first possession, the Eagles had a 23-17 win.

Tags: Darius Slayton, DeAndre Baker, Eli Manning, Julian Love, Leonard Williams, Markus Golden, Wayne Gallman, Ralph Vacchiano
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Oct 10, 2019; Foxborough, MA, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur watches a play against the New England Patriots during the first half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)
Oct 10, 2019; Foxborough, MA, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur watches a play against the New England Patriots during the first half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)

If the Giants are without strong safety Jabrill Peppers, head coach Pat Shurmur has an idea of how the defense will look Sunday when New York (2-9) hosts the NFC North-leading Green Bay Packers (8-3).

Ahead of Sunday's 1 p.m. kickoff at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, Shurmur said Wednesday that the Giants are prepared to enter rookie Julian Love and veteran Michael Thomas into the safety rotation.

"We'll have a combination with Love back there and Michael Thomas, so we'll fill in," Shurmur said. "I thought Love did a good job, first extended action last week and so he displayed a lot of the things that we thought he might have. So we'll just try to build on that if, for some reason, Jabrill can't make it."

Tags: DeAndre Baker, Jabril Peppers, Julian Love, Michael Thomas, Sam Beal
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oNov 24, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Giants cornerback Julian Love (24) intercepts the football in the second half against Chicago Bears wide receiver Javon Wims (83) at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports (Quinn Harris)
oNov 24, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Giants cornerback Julian Love (24) intercepts the football in the second half against Chicago Bears wide receiver Javon Wims (83) at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports (Quinn Harris)

Julian Love's homecoming in Chicago on Sunday was a bittersweet one. For one, he was playing in the NFL for the first time in his city with friends and family watching from the stands. However, a couple friends he was hoping to see weren't there for very unfortunate circumstances. 

Love's childhood friends in Joey Ramos and Tony Lemon tragically died after their car plunged into Lake Michigan last Sunday. The car was recovered on Tuesday, just five days before Love was supposed to hit the turf at Soldier Field. 

"Joey was a big Bears fan, and this is the game where, I have no doubt they'd be there Sunday cheering me on," Love told NorthJersey.com's Art Stapleton. "It's hard, it's definitely hard, but they'll be with me this way, too. They'll be there in spirit."

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Saquon Barkley put a ridiculous spin move on Bears cornerback Prince Amukamara in the second quarter, and then nearly spun out of another tackle on the same play. It was a violent move that sure seemed to prove he wasn't still bothered by his ankle injury.

So if that's not it: What in the world is wrong with Saquon Barkley?

That question has to be asked after he had another low-impact performance in the Giants' ugly, 19-14 loss in Chicago. He gained just 59 yards on 17 carries - 22 of which came on one fourth quarter run. Coupled with his disaster against the Jets (13 carries, one yard) he now has just 60 rushing yards on 30 carries in the last two games.

Tags: Aldrick Rosas, Alec Ogletree, Daniel Jones, Julian Love, Leonard Williams, Nate Solder, Prince Amukamara, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Zak DeOssie, Ralph Vacchiano
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Julian Love (Brian Fluharty)
Julian Love (Brian Fluharty)

It's been well documented this season just how young this Giants defense is. They have the most amount of rookie snaps of any team in the NFL, and it's mainly because of their starters on defense. 

First-round cornerback DeAndre Baker has been starting since Day One, and so has DT Dexter Lawrence. Mix in players like LB Ryan Connelly (out for the season with torn ACL), OLB Oshane Ximines, and now CB Corey Ballentine and you can see why this unit has struggled facing top offenses this year. 

But this is what the Giants want: develop the young talent to set a foundation for next season and the foreseeable future. Rome wasn't built in a day, and GM Dave Gettleman and the rest of the front office realizes there is a process to this. 

Tags: Antoine Bethea, Corey Ballentine, DeAndre Baker, Julian Love, Oshane Ximines, Ryan Connelly, Sam Beal, Scott Thompson
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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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Nov 10, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur leaves the field after losing to the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Nov 10, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur leaves the field after losing to the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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Pat Shurmur was still the Giants head coach on Monday morning, which is how it will likely stay for at least the remainder of the season. And his assistant coaches will apparently remain on the job with him, too.

On the morning after what might have been the most humiliating loss of his Giants tenure, Shurmur said: "Having slept on it, no, I'm not going to make any coaching changes." He had said the same thing in the moments after the Giants' 34-27 loss to the Jets on Sunday afternoon, but that didn't stop speculation that he could change his mind -- or that ownership could change it for him.

A team source confirmed, though, that there were no immediate plans for ownership to either fire Shurmur or to force any staff shakeup in the wake of the Giants' 2-9 record -- at least until the end of the season.

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