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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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 (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)
(Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

The Giants could have somewhere near $40 million in salary cap space to play with this offseason if the cap rises all the way to $168 million, as some in the NFL project. They might even end up with more, depending on what contracts they restructure and which players they decide to cut.

And while that may not be enough to turn them into big spenders in free agency the way they were a year ago, it certainly is enough for them to re-sign some of their own unrestricted free agents. They have 17 UFAs to deal with, and several other free agents who are restricted. And a few of them could demand and command big money from someone -- particularly the two free agents on the Giants' defensive line.

Tags: Darian Thompson, Eli Manning, Jason Pierre-Paul, John Jerry, Johnathan Hankins, Keenan Robinson, Kerry Wynn, Larry Donnell, Mark Herzlich, Marshall Newhouse, Nikita Whitlock, Olivier Vernon, Orleans Darkwa, Ryan Nassib, Shane Vereen, Trevin Wade, Will Beatty, Will Tye, Zak DeOssie, 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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 (Robert Deutsch)
(Robert Deutsch)

The following players appeared on the Giants' injury report on Monday...

Did not participate in practice:

  • DE Jason Pierre-Paul (core muscle)
  • OT Will Beatty (lower leg)
  • LB Jonathan Casillas (knee)
  • CB Janoris Jenkins (back)
  • OT Marshall Newhouse (shoulder)
  • RB Shane Vereen (triceps)
  • QB Ryan Nassib (elbow)
Tags: Jason Pierre-Paul, Keenan Robinson, Marshall Newhouse, Nat Berhe, Owa Odighizuwa, Ryan Nassib, Shane Vereen, Will Beatty, Zak DeOssie
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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. runs the ball against Dallas Cowboys corner back Brandon Carr during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. runs the ball against Dallas Cowboys corner back Brandon Carr during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

With a no-huddle offense and no-fooling-around defense, the New York Giants snapped the Cowboys' 11-game winning streak with a 10-7 victory Sunday night, preventing Dallas from clinching the NFC East.

Dallas (11-2) hadn't lost since the season opener against the Giants (9-4), who solidified their position in the NFC playoff chase as the top-wild card team. New York still hopes to catch Dallas in the division, and it can thank a stingy, aggressive defense for still having that opportunity.

Missing star defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, the Giants couldn't stop rookie sensation Ezekiel Elliott from rushing for 107 yards. But New York's pressure stymied the other Cowboys rookie standout, quarterback Dak Prescott, blanked receiver Dez Bryant until 2:13 remained - he fumbled away the ball on that play - and held Dallas to one conversion in 15 third-down attempts.

Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Devon Kennard, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Manning, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Keenan Robinson, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Paul Perkins, Sterling Shepard
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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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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Giants' defense is noticeably better in 2016 than they were a year ago when it seemed like they collapsed on a weekly basis. The personnel is better for sure and the injuries have been kept to a serviceable minimum.

The addition of veterans such as Olivier VernonJanoris JenkinsDamon Harrison and Keenan Robinson, along with the emergence of safety Landon Collins, have some people comparing this defense to the great Giants' units of the past. But is it Super Bowl caliber?

Tags: Damon Harrison, Janoris Jenkins, Keenan Robinson, Landon Collins, Olivier Vernon, John Fennelly
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 (William Hauser)
(William Hauser)

In his first half-season as Giants head coach, Ben McAdoo has won in Dallas, ended a long Giants losing streak against the Eagles, and directed the team to a 5-3 record that puts them squarely in playoff position heading into the second half.

What more could anyone have wanted?

So for now, never mind the controversies that have swarmed around his team, the play-calling some of you hate, the questionable personnel and lack of depth on some parts of the roster. Focus on the three-game winning streak and the way the Giants held on for a 28-23 win over the Eagles on Sunday. There's a lot to digest from the somewhat impressive (and somewhat not impressive) way the Giants came out of their bye week.

Tags: Eli Apple, Keenan Robinson, Larry Donnell, Marshall Newhouse, Paul Perkins, Sterling Shepard, Trevin Wade, Victor Cruz, Will Beatty, Ralph Vacchiano
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GEICO SportsNite: Josh Brown 00:02:00
Ralph Vacchiano breaks down all the latest coverage and sounds from the Giants about their ex-teammate Josh Brown.

Giants GM Jerry Reese may have ducked the Josh Brown questions, or anything else even mildly controversial, but he was more than willing to talk about his 4-3 football team. It's not surprising, considering that after four straight seasons outside of the playoffs, the Giants are finally in a good position to make a run at the postseason.Here's a sampling of some of the other topics that the Giants GM was willing to address in his 11-minute session with reporters:

Tags: Damon Harrison, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Janoris Jenkins, Keenan Robinson, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Ralph Vacchiano
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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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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) is helped off the field after sustaining an apparent injury during the second quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) is helped off the field after sustaining an apparent injury during the second quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. and CB Eli Apple were listed as limited participants in Thursday's practice, the team announced hours before departing for London.Beckham hurt his hip during last week's win over the Ravens. However offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan said the team is very optimistic that Beckham will play this week.

Tags: Darian Thompson, Eli Apple, Keenan Robinson, Marshall Newhouse, Nat Berhe, Odell Beckham Jr., Trevin Wade, Zak DeOssie
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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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 (William Perlman)
(William Perlman)

Latest Update

11:30am: After experiencing groin tightness on Tuesday, Cruz is sitting out again on Wednesday, and is now likely to miss Friday's preseason opener.

Robinson is also sitting out again, while DE Kerry Wynn is working on the side.

Berthe, Collins, Pierre-Paul, and Whitlock all returned to practice Wednesday.

Tags: Jason Pierre-Paul, Keenan Robinson, Kerry Wynn, Landon Collins, Nat Berhe, Nikita Whitlock, Victor Cruz
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New York Giants corner back Eli Apple (28) covers wide receiver Victor Cruz (80) during mini camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (William Hauser)
New York Giants corner back Eli Apple (28) covers wide receiver Victor Cruz (80) during mini camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (William Hauser)

Ralph Vacchiano, NFL Insider | Facebook | Twitter | Archive

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ -- Little by little, Ben McAdoo's first depth chart is shaping up and the starters for the preseason opener this Friday against Miami are becoming clear. The Giants coach won't confirm much, of course, and a lot could change when the preseason games actually begin. But a lot of the same players are either working with the first team or part of a rotation.

That isn't an accident at this stage of training camp, or just part of some experiment. By now, McAdoo has the players in the places he wants them.

Tags: Darian Thompson, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, J.T. Thomas, Janoris Jenkins, Jasper Brinkley, Jay Bromley, Keenan Robinson, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Victor Cruz, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (William Hauser)
(William Hauser)

Ralph Vacchiano, NFL Insider | Facebook | Twitter | Archive

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ -- The Giants held their longest, most physical practice of training camp on Saturday. It was, as head coach Ben McAdoo said, "a big moment."

"It was a heavy hitting physical practice and we had a lot of explosive movements in tight quarters," McAdoo said. "I think we had 42 plays in the red and the green zone today. Some team, some 9 on 7 with the big guys and some 7 on 7, but a lot of contact and a lot of physicality and we got through it. We checked the box and it wasn't as good as it could be, but we did check the box and it will be the starting point for a good foundation."

Tags: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, J.T. Thomas, Janoris Jenkins, Jasper Brinkley, Jay Bromley, Keenan Robinson, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Victor Cruz, Ralph Vacchiano
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