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 (Timothy T. Ludwig/USA Today Sports Images)
(Timothy T. Ludwig/USA Today Sports Images)

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

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

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

Tags: Ereck Flowers, John Jerry, Justin Pugh, Weston Richburg
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New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul celebrates a sack of New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees during the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul celebrates a sack of New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees during the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

If Jason Pierre-Paul doesn't sign a long-term contract before the start of the free-agent signing period on March 9, he will count for approximately $17 million against the New York Giants' salary cap. That would be more than 10 percent of the projected $168 million cap, and the second-highest number on the team.

It would also mean the Giants will have $33 million in cap space (or about 20 percent of the projected cap) tied up in their two starting defensive ends, and a total of about $44 million (26 percent) tied up in three-fourths of their defensive line -- with the fourth member (defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins) looking to cash in for himself when free agency starts.

The Giants are still projected to have around $15-17 million to spend in free agency, assuming the cap is set at $168 million. They can also clear more room by cutting some players in the next 10 days or restructuring some of their biggest deals.

Tags: Damon Harrison, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, J.T. Thomas, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Johnathan Hankins, Justin Pugh, Olivier Vernon, Shane Vereen, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Vincent Carchietta)
(Vincent Carchietta)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

The Super Bowl is over and the offseason has begun, meaning the Giants can start reshaping their roster in the hopes they can make a run at Super Bowl LII. And even though they went 11-5 and returned to the playoffs last season, there's a lot of work to be done.

So here are some of the biggest questions the Giants must answer this offseason. We'll check back in each week to see how the Giants are doing, whether any of the questions have been answered, and whether any have changed:

1.) How are they going to fix their offensive line?

Considering how their poor offense dragged them down this season, this is the Giants' most important question. They have a franchise quarterback in Eli Manning and one of the biggest weapons in the game in Odell Beckham, Jr.. If Manning could get better protection and a few holes could be open in the running game, maybe the offense could live up to the expectations.

Tags: Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Pugh, Larry Donnell, Marshall Newhouse, Olivier Vernon, Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Weston Richburg, Will Tye
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 (Tim Heitman)
(Tim Heitman)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

Even after an 11-5 season there are so many questions about the Giants and their offseason plans that I had to split them into several SNY Twitter mailbags. Part I ran on WednesdayPart II ran on Thursday.

Here, as promised, is Part III … with a IVth still to come:

Tags: Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Jason Pierre-Paul, Johnathan Hankins, Justin Pugh, Odell Beckham Jr., Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Weston Richburg, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo coaches against the Baltimore Ravens during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo coaches against the Baltimore Ravens during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Tom Coughlin's decision to go for it in the 2007 regular-season finale is a big part of his legend. Faced with a meaningless game against a Patriots team trying to complete the NFL's first 16-0 season, the Giants coach decided to risk it all to see if his team could prevent history. 

They couldn't, but Coughlin and the Giants earned the respect of everyone around football. And more importantly, the confidence they gained in defeat was the springboard to their own historic championship run.

Tags: Eli Manning, Justin Pugh, Odell Beckham Jr., Rashad Jennings, Victor Cruz, Ralph Vacchiano
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(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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 (Noah K. Murray)
(Noah K. Murray)

The Giants ran the ball 32 times during Sunday's 17-6 win over the Lions -- more than the 28 passing attempts by QB Eli Manning.

The result was 114 yards, though the long was just 11 and they averaged only 3.6.

"It was good to get the attempts up," head coach Ben McAdoo said after the game. "I thought we pounded it in there pretty good. Big guys were coming off the ball and it's encouraging"

Tags: Justin Pugh, Odell Beckham Jr., Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen
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 (AP)
(AP)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV: 

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Help is on the way for the Giants' much-maligned offensive line.

Left guard Justin Pugh, who has been out since early November, is confident he'll be back in action when the Giants play host to the Detroit Lions on Sunday. That should help a unit that has come under fire in recent weeks, as the Giants' offense has dropped to 27th in the league.

"I feel good. I think I'm going to play this week," Pugh said. "Obviously it's been a rough road for me trying to get back. Setbacks, thinking I'm playing last week and then not playing. I've been doing everything at practice so this is the week I'm going to come back for sure."

Tags: Justin Pugh, Ralph Vacchiano
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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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 (Jason Bridge)
(Jason Bridge)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv:

The Giants so badly wanted to prove to everyone that they were true contenders, that their six-game winning streak wasn't a mirage just because of the poor quality of some of the teams they beat. They wanted respect. They wanted to be taken seriously. They wanted to be considered one of the best.

Instead, they came out flat and played down to the diminished expectations of their doubters as they took their first real step up in class.

Tags: Dwayne Harris, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Justin Pugh, Odell Beckham Jr., Rashad Jennings, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Will Tye, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Giants released their injury report on Wednesday. The following players were listed...

Did Not Participate in Practice

  • S Nat Berhe (concussion)
  • LB Mark Herzlich (concussion)
  • DE Owa Odighizuwa (knee)

Limited Participation in Practice (Less than 100 percent of a player's normal repetitions)

Tags: Brett Jones, Dwayne Harris, Justin Pugh, Mark Herzlich, Marshall Newhouse, Nat Berhe, Owa Odighizuwa
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The Giants released their injury report on Thursday. The following players were listed...

Did Not Participate in Practice

  • LB Brett Jones (calf)
  • OL Justin Pugh (knee)
  • DE Jason Pierre-Paul (knee)
  • OL Marshall Newhouse (knee)

Limited Participation in Practice (Less than 100 percent of a player's normal repetitions)

  • WR Dwayne Harris (wrist)
  • WR Roger Lewis, Jr. (concussion)
  • G Adam Gettis -- (Calf )
  • RB Orleans Darkwa -- (Lower Leg)
Tags: Brett Jones, Dwayne Harris, Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Pugh, Marshall Newhouse
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The Giants released their injury report on Wednesday. The following players were listed...

Did Not Participate in Practice

  • LB Brett Jones (calf)
  • WR Roger Lewis, Jr. (concussion)
  • DE Jason Pierre-Paul (knee)
  • OL Marshall Newhouse (knee)
Tags: Brett Jones, Dwayne Harris, Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Pugh, Marshall Newhouse
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New York Giants offensive tackle Marshall Newhouse (73) against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. (Timothy T. Ludwig)
New York Giants offensive tackle Marshall Newhouse (73) against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. (Timothy T. Ludwig)

Giants OL Marshall Newhouse says he partially tore the MCL in his left knee, but he believes he can play on it, according to Zach Braziller of the New York Post.

Newhouse started at left guard for the Giants in Week 11 for the first time in his career, after starting guard Justin Pugh and backup guard Brett Jones were both ruled inactive. 

Newhouse suffered the injury during Sunday's win over Chicago, but only missed one series before returning to the field.

Tags: Bobby Hart, Brett Jones, Justin Pugh, Marshall Newhouse
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GEICO SportsNite: Giants' run 00:01:00
Giants look to continue to improve on both sides of the ball before their Week 12 tilt with the Cleveland Browns.

The Giants may be 7-3 and are possibly headed for a postseason berth, but they are far from a complete team -- sitting at 31st in the NFL in rushing after 11 weeks. Only the Minnesota Vikings are worse, but they have an excuse. They have been without star RB Adrian Peterson all year and are missing several starters on the offensive line. The Giants' excuse? Well, they don't have one.

Yes, the Giants ran for over 100 yards on Sunday for the second straight game, but they could not run the ball in the second half when they needed to. After coming out in the second half and scoring touchdowns on their first two drives, they punted on their next five, which included three three-and-outs. Their other two drives lasted just five plays each. With the weather changing in the Northeast, they have to do better than this.

Tags: Jerell Adams, Justin Pugh, Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings, Weston Richburg, Will Tye, John Fennelly
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Vacc's 3 Keys: Bears-Giants 00:03:54
SNY NFL insider Ralph Vacchiano feels the Giants must come out of the gate scoring and keep Eli Manning on his feet against the Bears.

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THE GAME: The Chicago Bears (2-7) at the Giants (6-3) at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J. on Sunday, Nov. 20 at 1 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER: Whoa! Bundle up. It's going to be nasty on Sunday, if the forecasts are indeed right. At the moment, the temperatures are going to be in the 40s with winds whipping around from 20-30 miles per hour. Pretty much, it's exactly the kind of weather you're hoping for if you're an underachieving team hoping to pull off an upset against a team that passes twice as much as it runs the ball.

Tags: Bobby Hart, Brett Jones, Ereck Flowers, Justin Pugh, Olivier Vernon, Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings, Ralph Vacchiano
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The Giants released their injury report Friday...

The following players will be OUT for Sunday's game against the Bears

  • Justin Pugh (knee)
  • Brett Jones (calf)
Tags: Adam Gettis, Brett Jones, Justin Pugh, Orleans Darkwa
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New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz (80) is defended by Los Angeles Rams strong safety T.J. McDonald (25) on a 25-yard reception during game 16 of the NFL International Series at Twickenham Stadium. (Kirby Lee)
New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz (80) is defended by Los Angeles Rams strong safety T.J. McDonald (25) on a 25-yard reception during game 16 of the NFL International Series at Twickenham Stadium. (Kirby Lee)

The Giants released their injury report after Thursday's practice. The following players were listed...

Did Not Participate in Practice

  • RB Orleans Darkwa (lower leg)
  • Justin Pugh (knee)
  • Brett Jones (calf)
Tags: Adam Gettis, Brett Jones, Dwayne Harris, Justin Pugh, Orleans Darkwa, Victor Cruz
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The Giants have added C Shane McDermott to the practice squad and waived WR Da'ron Brown.

The 24-year-old McDermott was with the Giants during the preseason.

The Giants are dealing with injuries to offensive linemen Justin Pugh, Brett Jones, and Adam Gettis.

Tags: Adam Gettis, Brett Jones, Justin Pugh

Nov 14, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Dwayne Harris (17) runs the ball against Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap (96) during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 14, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Dwayne Harris (17) runs the ball against Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap (96) during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Giants released their injury report after Wednesday's practice. The following players were listed...

Did Not Participate in Practice

  • Adam Gettis (calf)
  • WR Dwayne Harris (toe)
  • Justin Pugh (knee)
  • Brett Jones (calf)
Tags: Adam Gettis, Brett Jones, Dwayne Harris, Justin Pugh, Orleans Darkwa, Victor Cruz
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Giants' 21-20 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals was barely over on Monday night when Odell Beckham, Jr. went on ESPN and made it clear the Giants, at 6-3 and riding a wave of four straight victories, have already started dreaming big.

"We're really looking forward to Feb. 5 in Houston," Beckham said. "That's the goal, obviously."

Yes it is. The Giants have their sites set squarely on Super Bowl LI. And new coach Ben McAdoo isn't shying away from that at all.

Tags: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Dwayne Harris, Eli Apple, Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Pugh, Victor Cruz, Ralph Vacchiano
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Vacc's 3 Keys: Giants-Bengals 00:04:09
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano identifies three keys for the Giants to carry them to victory on Monday night against the Bengals.

THE GAME: The Cincinnati Bengals (3-4-1) at the Giants (5-3) at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J. on Monday, Nov. 14 at 8:30 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER: The early forecast calls for a nice day to turn into a chilly night, with clear skies and temperatures in the low 40s. So bundle up. It always feels a lot colder at the Meadowlands.

Tags: Eli Manning, Janoris Jenkins, Justin Pugh, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Ralph Vacchiano
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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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 (Kirby Lee - USA Today)
(Kirby Lee - USA Today)

The Giants released their injury report on Friday...

Did Not Participate in Practice

  • WR Victor Cruz (ankle)
  • OG Justin Pugh (knee)
Tags: Justin Pugh, Kerry Wynn, Ryan Nassib, Victor Cruz
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New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz (80) looks on against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. (Brace Hemmelgarn)
New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz (80) looks on against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. (Brace Hemmelgarn)

The Giants released their injury report after Thursday's practice. The following players were listed...

Did Not Participate in Practice

  • WR Victor Cruz (ankle)
Tags: Justin Pugh, Kerry Wynn, Ryan Nassib, Victor Cruz
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Nov 8, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants offensive guard Justin Pugh (67) during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. New York Giants defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 32-18. Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 8, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants offensive guard Justin Pugh (67) during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. New York Giants defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 32-18. Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

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

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

Tags: Ereck Flowers, John Jerry, Justin Pugh, Weston Richburg, John Fennelly
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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)
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)

Giants OL Justin Pugh has a sprained MCL and will likely miss two-to-four weeks, a source told SNY.tv's Ralph Vacchiano.

Pugh will be getting a second opinion.

He left Sunday's win over the Eagles during the second quarter, when a teammate appeared to roll onto the back of his left leg. He was able to walk off the field, but was walking with a significant limp. Pugh did not return.

Tags: Brett Jones, Justin Pugh
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New York Giants guard Justin Pugh 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 Images)
New York Giants guard Justin Pugh 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 Images)

New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz and guard Justin Pugh left Sunday's 28-23 win over the Philadelphia Eagles with leg injuries and are scheduled to undergo MRIs.

Tags: Brett Jones, Dwayne Harris, Justin Pugh, Odell Beckham Jr., Victor Cruz, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

Eli Manning has been an outspoken advocate against domestic violence, which put him in a difficult position in recent weeks as more and more facts about kicker Josh Brown came out. He instinctively wanted to be supportive of his teammates, but he couldn't support his actions.And while Giants management wasn't saying much about the situation, Manning - like many of his teammates - were forced to speak on behalf of the organization, without having all the facts.But like the true professional he is, and has always been, Manning never ducked the subject. It may not have been his responsibility, and he had little to do with the team's decision to standby Brown, but Manning has always understood his position as the face of the franchise.

Tags: Eli Manning, Josh Brown, Justin Pugh, Victor Cruz, Ralph Vacchiano
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Vacc's 3 Keys: Giants-Rams 00:02:56
SNY NFL insider Ralph Vacchiano discusses his three keys to a Giants' victory on Sunday vs. the Los Angeles Rams in London.

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

Tags: Eli Manning, John Jerry, Josh Brown, Justin Pugh, Marshall Newhouse, Nat Berhe, St. Louis Rams, Zak DeOssie, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants offensive guard Justin Pugh (67) blocks Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Deandre Coleman (62) in a game at MetLife Stadium.  (William Hauser - USA Today)
New York Giants offensive guard Justin Pugh (67) blocks Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Deandre Coleman (62) in a game at MetLife Stadium. (William Hauser - USA Today)

When the Giants drafted Justin Pugh at No. 19 overall in the 2013 NFL Draft, the selection was met with mixed reviews. He was not the desired size of a franchise tackle and there were questions about where and how the Giants planned to deploy him. Pugh started every game of his rookie season at right tackle and allowed only three sacks. He was back at right tackle the next season, starting 14 games.In 2015, the Giants decided to try Pugh at guard, where he eventually settled into the position he's at now - left guard. The move has been a godsend for the Giants' beleaguered offensive line as Pugh, according to the analytical website Pro Football Focus, has become one of the best in the game at his position.Going into Week 5, PFF wrote, "Pugh has become an All-Pro level guard, and currently leads the rankings at PFF with a 90.4 grade." That week against the Packers, Pugh topped all Giants on offense, earning a 77.8 grade. He followed with a strong performance against the Ravens, Pugh was tops again, grading out at 84.0. According to PFF, Pugh has not surrendered a single sack this season.

Tags: Justin Pugh, John Fennelly
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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

G Justin Pugh thinks the 2-3 Giants are the best team in the NFC East.

"Our division is good," Pugh told reporters after Sunday night's 24-17 loss to the Packers. "I think we're the best team in our division, even though we sit at the bottom. I think every team doesn't want to play us, but we have to go out and prove that. I can say it all I want, we have to go out and prove it. We played some good teams these past two weeks, and we have to take a hard look at the tape and get better from it quick."

The Giants are in last place in the division, behind the first place Cowboys (4-1), Eagles (3-1), and Redskins (3-2).

Tags: Justin Pugh
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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) and center Weston Richburg (70) during the preseason game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) and center Weston Richburg (70) during the preseason game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta)

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

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

Tags: Bobby Hart, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, John Jerry, Justin Pugh, Marshall Newhouse, Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen, Weston Richburg
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

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Justin Pugh was right when he said "Everything you can do to lose a game today, we did." And the Giants (2-1) certainly did lose it. They were in control at the start before a plague of penalties and turnovers helped them throw their game against the Redskins (1-2) away.

And that could be costly because not only did it knock them out of first place in the NFC East -- behind the stunning, 3-0 Philadelphia Eagles -- but it robbed them of their momentum and blew a chance to really bury the defending division champions. In what is still basically a rebuilding season, every positive step matters.

Tags: Damon Harrison, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Jason Pierre-Paul, Johnathan Hankins, Justin Pugh, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Orleans Darkwa, Rashad Jennings, Will Tye, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants quarterback Ryan Nassib (12) passes against the New York Jets during the second half at MetLife Stadium. The Giants won 21-20. (Vincent Carchietta)
New York Giants quarterback Ryan Nassib (12) passes against the New York Jets during the second half at MetLife Stadium. The Giants won 21-20. (Vincent Carchietta)

Ralph Vacchiano, NFL Insider | Facebook | Twitter | Archive

Like Shane Vereen said, everybody "Relax", OK? Sure, the Giants have been awful this preseason, especially on offense. Yeah, the offensive line has major issues. OK, they're paper thin at pretty much every position. And yes, the regular season is now just 11 days away.

Wait. What was I saying? Oh, right. Relax and stop panicking. There's still another preseason game to go. Yeah, maybe the starters won't play much. And the Giants do have a bunch of nagging injuries already.

Tags: Andre Williams, Bobby Hart, Dwayne Harris, Eli Manning, Geremy Davis, Justin Pugh, Mark Herzlich, Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings, Ryan Nassib, Shane Vereen, Victor Cruz, Will Beatty, Ralph Vacchiano
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GEICO SportsNite: Giants offense 00:01:39
Ralph Vacchiano breaks down all the action from Giants camp and focuses on how the team is responding to its recent offensive struggles.

Ralph Vacchiano, NFL Insider | Facebook | Twitter | Archive

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - There was a two-game stretch early in the 2013 season when the Giants' offensive line was so bad, Eli Manning was lucky to escape in one piece. He was hit and rushed and flushed from the pocket so often in those games that Tom Coughlin later said that calling plays had become "like throwing a dart at a board."

There were no holes for the running backs. No blocking for the quarterback. And with Manning on his heels, on his back, or on the run for eight straight quarters, the Giants lost back-to-back games in Carolina and Kansas City by a combined score of 69-7.

Tags: Bobby Hart, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Justin Pugh, Marshall Newhouse, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Giants' offensive issues continued to rear their ugly head in Saturday's 21-20 preseeason win over the New York Jets. They rushed for only 39 yards on 20 carries and the pass protection was abysmal once again.

Head coach Ben McAdoo, who has run the Giants' offense the past two seasons with positive results, is as puzzled as anyone else these days on why his team is struggling moving the football.

"Offensively, obviously we need to go forward. We need to a better job of going forward," McAdoo said on his Sunday conference call with reporters. "Everything there is correctable. I'm expecting a lot of questions there about the offensive line, but it's more than just the offensive line. But everything is correctable, we need to work hard to finish, detail our fundamentals, eliminate the penalties and we need to stay ahead of the chains."

Tags: Jerell Adams, Justin Pugh, Larry Donnell, Will Tye, John Fennelly
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 (William Hauser)
(William Hauser)

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It has been a long, agonizing 22 months since Victor Cruz played in an NFL game, and the sounds of him screaming and the sight of him holding his knee as he was carted off the field in Philadelphia on Oct. 12, 2014. Since then there has been much optimism followed by great disappointments, fast starts followed by sudden stops.

Now here he is, apparently healthy and recovered from that knee injury, from last year's calf surgery, and from the sore groin that has sidelined him the last two weeks. He has proclaimed himself "ready" for action on Saturday night against the Jets, in what will be one of the most important games of his stellar career.

Tags: Ereck Flowers, Josh Brown, Justin Pugh, Rashad Jennings, Victor Cruz, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants center Weston Richburg (70) during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. New York Giants defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 32-18. (Kim Klement)
New York Giants center Weston Richburg (70) during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. New York Giants defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 32-18. (Kim Klement)

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

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

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

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The Giants have announced their inactives for Saturday's preseason game against the Bills in Buffalo.

WR Geremy Davis (hamstring), TE Will Johnson (stinger), CB Leon McFadden (bruised lower leg), LB J.T. Thomas III (PUP, hamstring), and DE Kerry Wynn (groin) are all out and will not travel to Buffalo.

WR Victor Cruz (groin), LG Justin Pugh (shoulder), and CB Eli Apple (knee) all made the trip.

However, Cruz is not expected to play.

Tags: Eli Apple, Geremy Davis, J.T. Thomas, Justin Pugh, Kerry Wynn, Victor Cruz

New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz and wide receiver Odell Beckham before the preseason game at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz and wide receiver Odell Beckham before the preseason game at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA Today Sports Images)

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EAST HANOVER, NJ -- A very quiet Giants training camp got mildly disturbed on Wednesday by the shocking news that kicker Josh Brown would be suspended for the season opener for violating the NFL's Personal Conduct Policy. It was surprising enough that the mild-mannered, 37-year-old kicker violated the policy. It was mind-blowing that the reason -- reportedly an arrest on domestic violence charges in May 2015 -- was kept so quiet for so long in the social media age.

Maybe some more on that situation will come out on Thursday as the Giants hold their final practice before they travel to Buffalo for Saturday's game against Rex Ryan's Bills. That will be worth watching. And here are three other things to watch today:

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