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New York Giants center Weston Richburg blocks against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants center Weston Richburg blocks against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

S Landon Collins (ankle) is questionable.

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

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

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

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

DE Romeo Okwara (knee) was a limited participant.

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

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

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

DE Romeo Okwara (knee) was a limited participant.

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

Tags: Jonathan Casillas, Landon Collins, Olivier Vernon, Paul Perkins, Sterling Shepard, Weston Richburg
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New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo (David Richard/AP)
New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo (David Richard/AP)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: The Giants don't like change. They prefer stability and patience. They prefer to give their plans a chance to work.

But they also really don't like chaos. And that's the one thing that will truly test their patience with Ben McAdoo and could end up pushing the coach straight out the door.

That may seem crazy just 17 games into his head coaching career, but McAdoo is suddenly on very shaky ground just one year after he led the Giants back to the postseason and to an 11-5 record. His job should be in no jeopardy at all just one-third of the way through Year 2, even though the Giants are 0-5 and headed towards at least 0-7.

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Brad Wing, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Jason Pierre-Paul, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Noah K. Murray)
(Noah K. Murray)

Giants WR Sterling Shepard, DE Olivier Vernon, and S Landon Collins were among many notable players on the team's injury report Wednesday. 

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

"I'm doing a lot better," he said. "Feels a lot better than it did yesterday, so that's a good start."

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

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

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

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

Tags: Brandon Marshall, D.J. Fluker, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Dwayne Harris, Eli Manning, John Jerry, Jonathan Casillas, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Orleans Darkwa, Sterling Shepard
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New York Giants safety Landon Collins (21) reacts after stopping the Philadelphia Eagles on fourth down during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants safety Landon Collins (21) reacts after stopping the Philadelphia Eagles on fourth down during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Giants safety Landon Collins was one of three Giants -- Damon Harrison and Olivier Vernon were the others -- to kneel during the national anthem before last Sunday's game against the Eagles. 

Collins spoke to The Record and NorthJersey.com about why he decided to take action and concluded that he felt "it was the best way to get his point across."

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 (Alex Brandon/AP)
(Alex Brandon/AP)

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

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

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

Tags: Damon Harrison, Jonathan Casillas, Justin Pugh, Landon Collins, Olivier Vernon
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 (James Lang)
(James Lang)

The Giants returned most of their championship-caliber defense this season, but they have lacked in an area they dominated a season ago: run defense. 

In 2016, the Giants allowed just 88.6 rushing yards per game which was tied for third in the NFL. That run stopping prowess has seemed to allude this year's squad to start the season as the team allowed 193 rushing yards to the Eagles Sunday. 

Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter | : This is one sneaky stat that I didn't even notice until reading this article. But, after taking a step back, I do realize how atrocious the run defense has been to start the year.

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New York Giants players stand during the national anthem before game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants players stand during the national anthem before game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)

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

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

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Damon Harrison, Jonathan Casillas, Landon Collins, Olivier Vernon, Philadelphia Eagles, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. makes a one-handed touchdown catch past Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills during the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. (Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. makes a one-handed touchdown catch past Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills during the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. (Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports)

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PHILADELPHIA -- There are times when it's impossible not to like Odell Beckham Jr. He can be charming, honest and human. He's obviously a spectacular player. Plays like the one-handed touchdown catch he made on Sunday can make it almost easy to overlook his chronic immaturity.

But somehow it always comes back to that.

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Detroit Lions tight end Eric Ebron (85) runs with the ball against New York Giants safety Darian Thompson (27) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
Detroit Lions tight end Eric Ebron (85) runs with the ball against New York Giants safety Darian Thompson (27) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

The Lions might have come away with a win over the Giants Monday, but tight end Eric Ebron is still not pleased with at least one play that occurred in the first half. 

Giants safety Landon Collins unleashed a big hit on Ebron in the early portion of the game, which still has the tight end stewing. That, however, didn't stop Ebron from catching a touchdown during the second quarter of action.

"I was pissed off," Ebron told the Detroit News. "I was pissed off at that little punk of a safety that got over there. ... I just told him good hit. He may have said some other things, but it's cool.

"Collins, he played a good game, that hit just pissed me off and I didn't feel like celebrating. I wasn't in that kind of joyful mood. It was still a good game. He played his butt off trying to guard me. I commend him for that."

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Sep 18, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants safety Landon Collins (21) reacts during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 18, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants safety Landon Collins (21) reacts during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Giants defense may have allowed only 17 points to the Lions Monday night, but the way the defense is taking the loss wouldn't indicate such a performance. 

Giants CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who led the team with eight combined tackles, was only focused on the loss following the game rather than individual perfomances. 

Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter | :As per usual, the Giants defense was solid despite the loss. However, if we want to pick on something, the secondary could have easily stopped the Lions touchdowns. 

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GEICO SportsNite: Collins ready 00:01:39
Taylor Rooks talks to Landon Collins about his expectations for the Giants' defense as well as for the Week 1 game in Dallas.

SNY's Taylor Rooks talked to Landon Collins about his expectations for the Giants' defense as well as for the Week 1 game that takes place this Sunday night in Dallas.

"Each and every week we try to keep that reputation against anyone we're playing against," Collins said. "Playing them and it's a conference game? Oh yeah, we've got to shut them up."

Collins, who is entering his third NFL season, had five interceptions and four sacks last season while being named to the Pro Bowl.

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Loud Mouths on Elliott ruling 00:02:35
Dan Graca and Jon Hein discuss the twist in Ezekiel Elliott's suspension: he will play Week 1, and sit Weeks 2-7.

Giants S Landon Collins is ready to face Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott, whose is eligible to play in the team's season opener in Dallas Sunday night.

Elliott's six-game suspension for violating the NFL's domestic violence policy was upheld, but because the suspenion was not locked in by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, it was delayed a week allowing the sophomore running back to play.

Collins wanted nothing less than to see Elliott on the field Sunday.  

"I'm hoping that his appeal goes through," Colllins told The Post's Paul Schwartz. "He's a great player, an exciting player and I love to play against the best players." 

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New York Giants safety Landon Collins (21) reacts after stopping the Philadelphia Eagles on fourth down during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants safety Landon Collins (21) reacts after stopping the Philadelphia Eagles on fourth down during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

While the Super Bowl champion Giants players and coaches of 1986 and 1990 are proud of their accomplishments in New York, many of them feel like this year's defense can stand out, according to the New York Post

Linebacker Carl Banks, who won two titles with the Giants, said these defensive players have a chance to shine on the big stage. 

"I think they can be as dominant a defense as there can be in this era of football,'' Banks said. "I think they check all the boxes in terms of how they match up with different styles of offenses. Against a run-heavy offense, they check the box with 'Snacks' [defensive tackle Damon Harrison] and the guys up front. If it's a spread offense, they've got cornerbacks and safeties. They're a tough-minded team." 

Tags: Jason Pierre-Paul, Landon Collins
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Aug 26, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) throws a pass against the New York Jets during the first quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Aug 26, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) throws a pass against the New York Jets during the first quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Giants found the end zone for the first time this preseason, but that doesn't change the story of who they still are. They are exactly what they were at the end of last season:

A team with a dominant defense and an offense with serious flaws.

Tags: ArDarius Stewart, Christian Hackenberg, Darian Thompson, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Evan Engram, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Orleans Darkwa, Robby Anderson, Ralph Vacchiano
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Aug 26, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty (9) calls a play at the line during the third quarter of a preseason game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Aug 26, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty (9) calls a play at the line during the third quarter of a preseason game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - At least one Jets quarterback had a great night. And he didn't even have to take a snap.

Because if this game was about Todd Bowles trying to figure out if Christian Hackenberg had any shot at all of being his Opening Day starter, the answer was loud and clear. Hackenberg was awful, at least against the first-team defense in what turned into a 32-31 loss to the Giants on Saturday night.

The offense was abysmal. In the second half, against the Giants' second- and third-team defense, Bryce Petty was impressive, but even before he suffered a knee injury late in the game, he probably wasn't a serious contender for the starting job.

Tags: ArDarius Stewart, Bilal Powell, Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Geno Smith, Landon Collins, Matt Forte, Ralph Vacchiano
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Aug 21, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) walks off the field after injuring his ankle during the first half against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)
Aug 21, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) walks off the field after injuring his ankle during the first half against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

Giants S Landon Collins and DT Damon "Snacks" Harrison weren't pleased by a dangerous hit that sent WR Odell Beckham Jr. to the locker room in the team's 10-6 loss to the Cleveland Browns Monday night. 

At the beginning of the second quarter, Beckham took a low hit from Browns CB Briean Boddy-Calhoun that sprained the wideout's ankle. Though it wasn't deemed an illegal hit, Collins and Snacks both took to Twitter to voice their opinions on the matter. 

Collins not only believes the hit was dirty, but he couldn't play next to someone that would that...
 

Click below to see the tweet

 

Tags: Damon Harrison, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr.
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 (William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports)
(William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports)

The Giants have activated RB Shaun Draughn and LB J.T. Thomas off the physically unable to perform (PUP) list, the team announced Tuesday.

S Landon Collins was held out of practice due to illness.

The Giants also signed LB Steven Daniels.

Daniels, 24, has also spent time with the Redskins and Eagles. He was selected in the seventh round in the 2016 NFL Draft.

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Aug 11, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Fitzgerald Toussaint (33) is tackled by New York Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon (54) and safety Landon Collins (21) during the first quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports  (Brad Penner)
Aug 11, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Fitzgerald Toussaint (33) is tackled by New York Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon (54) and safety Landon Collins (21) during the first quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

 

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 (Erich Schlegel)
(Erich Schlegel)

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

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

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

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New York Giants safety Landon Collins (21) during game 16 of the NFL International Series against the Los Angeles Rams at Twickenham Statdium. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants safety Landon Collins (21) during game 16 of the NFL International Series against the Los Angeles Rams at Twickenham Statdium. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

After finishing in third for NFL Defensive Player of the Year award last season, Giants safety Landon Collins wants to take home the prize this year, he told the New York Daily News

"It's a dream of mine. It's a goal of mine," Collins said "I was shut out of it in college. I was mad about that, with the Thorpe Award. They gave it to some kid, wherever he came from, and I don't think he's doing nothing now in the league. I rightfully should have won it then, and at the same time I feel like I was robbed last year."

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New York Giants linebacker Devon Kennard during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. (Jeff Hanisch/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants linebacker Devon Kennard during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. (Jeff Hanisch/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants linebacker Devon Kennard said he hopes New York's defense can maintain its high energy a year after giving up the second fewest points in the league.

"I want to see us set the tempo from ground zero, and that's me personally," Kennard said. "If safeties and linebackers are communicating well, and we are getting the things that we need to to the D-line, from a linebacker perspective, I think it starts there. If we are doing that and being physical, I like where we are headed."

The Giants bring back a strong defensive core with a defensive line that features Jason Pierre-Paul, Damon Harrison and Olivier Vernon; linebackers Kennard and Jonathan Casillas; and a secondary of Eli Apple, Janoris Jenkins, Landon Collins and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. By retaining so many defenders, Kennard said the team's familiarity with the system and each other can only help moving forward.

"We already know so much about the defense, so now we can get into the little details and nuances that maybe a year or two ago we weren't able to hit the same way because there were so many guys trying to learn the defense," said Kennard, who recorded 61 combined tackles, one sack, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery while playing all 16 games last season.

Tags: Damon Harrison, Devon Kennard, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Landon Collins, Olivier Vernon
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 (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
(Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Giants safety Landon Collins fired back at Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, who recently predicted Dallas would repeat as NFC East champions.

"I commented right under his picture. I said, 'I highly doubt that,'" Collins said Friday, according to NJAM. "They do not control the East. That's over with. We're going to have a run for it, but they're not going to win. I can tell you that much. We're definitely going to take over."

The Giants, who swept last year's season series from the Cowboys, finished 11-5, losing to the Packers in the first round of the playoffs. The Cowboys finished 13-3, had a first round bye, and then lost to the Packers in the divisional round.

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Pro Football Focus ranked the Giants' secondary first among all 32 teams this upcoming season. 

The main reason for the ranking was PFF's breakout player of 2016 in S Landon Collins. The Defensive Player of the Year runner-up lead in the Giants for the second straight season in tackles (125 combined) while totaling four sacks, five interceptions, and one fumble recovery.

Collins was also named to the 2016 Associated Press NFL All-Pro Team, and earned his first Pro Bowl nod in his sophomore campaign. 

Tags: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Janoris Jenkins, Landon Collins
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Dec 18, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) scores a touchdown against Detroit Lions during second half at MetLife Stadium. The Giants won 17-6. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports  (Noah K. Murray)
Dec 18, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) scores a touchdown against Detroit Lions during second half at MetLife Stadium. The Giants won 17-6. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Four Giants players are listed among the NFL Network's 'The Top 100 Players of 2017' list, which was revealed on the NFL Network.

Giants WR Odell Beckham is listed among the top 10 players, while S Landon Collins comes in at number 28, CB Janoris Jenkins at number 54, and Damon Harrison at number 96. The players on the list are ranked by NFL players themselves.

Beckham caught 101 passes for 1,367 yards and 10 touchdowns for the Giants in 2016; Collins had five interceptions, 100 tackles, 13 passes defended, and four sacks; Jenkins had 49 tackes, one sack, three interceptions, and 18 passes defended; and Harrison had 55 tackes, 2.5 sacks, one forced fumble.

Tags: Damon Harrison, Janoris Jenkins, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr.
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Landon Collins was in the running for the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year last season, but his position coach, Dave Merritt, is grading him on a curve. The bar for Collins, he said, should be set higher than that.

Much higher.

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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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Sep 1, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA;New York Giants defensive end Owa Odighizuwa (58) chasing down New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) in the first half at MetLife Stadium.  (William Hauser (USA Today))
Sep 1, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA;New York Giants defensive end Owa Odighizuwa (58) chasing down New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) in the first half at MetLife Stadium. (William Hauser (USA Today))

If Owa Odighizuwa really did need time "to get away from the game," two weeks was apparently enough. 

The Giants defensive end, who appeared to be hinting about retirement back on April 3, was among the players in attendance for the first day of the Giants offseason workout program on Tuesday morning. And while that doesn't clear up the mystery of what the 25-year-old was tweeting about, it at least means that he's intent on continuing his NFL career. 

Tags: Devon Kennard, Eli Manning, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Owa Odighizuwa, Shane Vereen, Sterling Shepard
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New York Giants safety Landon Collins (21) reacts after stopping the Philadelphia Eagles on fourth down during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Giants safety Landon Collins (21) reacts after stopping the Philadelphia Eagles on fourth down during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

CB Eli Apple has been named to the NFL.com All-Rookie Team after his performance in the 2016 season.

Apple recorded 51 combined tackles with seven passes defended and an interception in 14 games during his rookie campaign. 

"Some thought the Giants reached for Apple in the draft, but I think he outplayed expectations, posting 51 tackles, a pick and a forced fumble. Apple looks like he'll be a cornerback in the NFL for a long time; he can play inside or outside," wrote NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt

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New York Giants safety Landon Collins (21) during game 16 of the NFL International Series against the Los Angeles Rams at Twickenham Statdium. (Kirby Lee)
New York Giants safety Landon Collins (21) during game 16 of the NFL International Series against the Los Angeles Rams at Twickenham Statdium. (Kirby Lee)

Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and safety Landon Collins were two of the six Giants listed among Pro Football Focus' top 101 players of 2016, NJ.com reported on Wednesday. Cornerbacks Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (30th) and Janoris Jenkins (40th), defensive tackle Damon Harrison (44th) and defensive end Olivier Vernon (71st) were also included on the list.

Collins (eighth) was the top-ranked Giant while Beckham was deemed to be the 51st best player this past season. Collins, Beckham and Jenkins were three of the four Giants selected to this year's Pro Bowl.

Tags: Damon Harrison, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Janoris Jenkins, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon
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New York Giants safety Landon Collins (21) during game 16 of the NFL International Series against the Los Angeles Rams at Twickenham Statdium. (Kirby Lee)
New York Giants safety Landon Collins (21) during game 16 of the NFL International Series against the Los Angeles Rams at Twickenham Statdium. (Kirby Lee)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:  Landon Collins' second season in the NFL vaulted him to a status among the league's elite defenders. But he fell just short of winning the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year award.

Collins, 23, was a finalist for the award that went to Khalil Mack, the linebacker/defensive end for the Oakland Raiders, at the NFL Honors ceremony in Houston on Saturday night. Mack had 11 sacks, an interception, three passes defensed and five forced fumbles during the season. He was also credited with 26 quarterback hits, which the NFL said was second in the league.

Of course, Collins had some outstanding numbers too. He had five interceptions - including one returned for a touchdown -- 13 passes defensed and four sacks as he helped the Giants go from the NFL's worst defense a year ago to one of the best in the league.

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NFC wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. of the New York Giants and AFC running back Melvin Gordon of the San Diego Chargers talk prior to the game at Citrus Bowl. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)
NFC wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. of the New York Giants and AFC running back Melvin Gordon of the San Diego Chargers talk prior to the game at Citrus Bowl. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., safety Landon Collins and returner Dwayne Harris starred for the NFC in a 20-13 loss in the Pro Bowl on Sunday.

Beckham was targeted 10 times and had six catches for 93 yards, all game highs, in his third Pro Bowl. He caught one pass for six yards from Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott, one 15-yard reception from New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees and four catches for 72 yards, including a 42-yard catch and run, from Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins.

The 24-year-old Beckham caught a career-high 101 passes for 1,367 yards and 10 touchdowns in his third year in the league.

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New York Giants safety Landon Collins (21) during game 16 of the NFL International Series against the Los Angeles Rams at Twickenham Statdium. (Kirby Lee)
New York Giants safety Landon Collins (21) during game 16 of the NFL International Series against the Los Angeles Rams at Twickenham Statdium. (Kirby Lee)

Giants S Landon Collins and DT Damon Harrison were both named in Pro Football Focus' 2016 NFL Season Award Winners, PFF announced on Tuesday.

Collins was awarded Breakout Player of the Year, finishing with a PFF grade of 92.1, beating out Atlanta's Vic Beasley and Houston's A.J. Bouye

The Giants safety was also the second runner-up for PFF's Best Player honor, trailing only New England's Tom Brady and Los Angeles' Aaron Donald, and the first runner-up for Defensive Player of the Year, losing out to Donald but finishing ahead of Oakland's Khalil Mack.

Harrison was named PFF's Best Run Defender with a grade of 88.9, earning the award over Seattle's Bobby Wagner and Michael Bennett. This is the second straight season Harrison has been given this award by PFF.

Tags: Damon Harrison, Landon Collins

New York Giants safety Landon Collins (21) during game 16 of the NFL International Series against the Los Angeles Rams at Twickenham Statdium. (Kirby Lee)
New York Giants safety Landon Collins (21) during game 16 of the NFL International Series against the Los Angeles Rams at Twickenham Statdium. (Kirby Lee)

DT Damon Harrison and S Landon Collins have been named to the Pro Football Writers of America All-NFL team. 

WR Odell Beckham, Jr., CB Janoris Jenkins, and ST Dwayne Harris joined their teammates on the All-NFC team, while WR Sterling Shapard was na,ed to the All-Rookie team.

Harrison and Collins were both also named to the AP All-Pro first team, while Beckham and Jenkins were named to the second team.

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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.

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Giants DT Damon Harrison and S Landon Collins have been named to the AP All-Pro first team, it was announced Friday.

WR Odell Beckham, Jr., DE Olivier Vernon, and CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie were named to the second team.

Harrison and Vernon are in their first season with the Giants, having both signed as free agents this offseason.

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Jan 1, 2017; Landover, MD, USA; New York Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (41) celebrates after intercepting a pass against the Washington Redskins during the second half at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Jan 1, 2017; Landover, MD, USA; New York Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (41) celebrates after intercepting a pass against the Washington Redskins during the second half at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

Dominque Rodgers-Cromartie was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week after intercepting a pair of passes and picking up the second sack of his career in the Giants' 19-10 win over the Redskins on Sunday.

He is the first cornerback to win Defensive Player of the Week honors for three different teams (Giants, Broncos, Cardinals) since Deion Sanders

 

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Eli Manning and Co. talk after the game about the team's 19-10 victory over the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field.

Eli Manning led the Giants to a late scoring drive and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie had two interceptions as New York eliminated the Washington Redskins from playoff contention with a 19-10 win Sunday at FedEx Field.

Tags: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Manning, Janoris Jenkins, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Paul Perkins, Washington Redskins
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New York Giants punter Brad Wing (9) is seen on the sideline during the game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. (Matt Bush)
New York Giants punter Brad Wing (9) is seen on the sideline during the game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. (Matt Bush)

Giants P Brad Wing has won NFC Special Teams Player of the Week for the second straight week, the NFL announced Wednesday morning

Wing becomes the first player in Giants history to win Special Teams Player of the Week in consecutive weeks.

The 25-year old punted the ball seven times during New York's 17-6 victory over the Lions on Sunday, and finished with an average of 42.6 yards per punt with two landing inside the 20-yard line and his longest punt going 57 yards. The Lions averaged just 2.8 yards on four returns. 

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Odell Beckham Jr. reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium.  (Brad Penner - USA Today)
Odell Beckham Jr. reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner - USA Today)

The Giants will be sending four players to the Pro Bowl; WR Odell Beckham Jr., CB Janoris Jenkins, S Landon Collins and Dwayne Harris for his work on special teams.

This is the third Pro Bowl Beckham has been named to in as many years while Jenkins, Collins and Harris will each be making their first appearance.

Beckham has 85 receptions, 10 touchdowns and 1,173 receiving yards this season.

"It is exciting," Beckham said after being informed of making a third straight Pro Bowl. "It is cool to be on a team with multiple Pro Bowlers, so it is a huge accomplishment for myself and my teammates."

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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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SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano believes that the Giants need a strong running game to beat the Lions on Sunday.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

THE GAME: The Detroit Lions (9-4) at the Giants (9-4) at the Meadowlands on Sunday, Dec. 18 at 1 p.m. ET

THE WEATHER: It will be rainy and windy, but at least it will be warm. The temperatures are expected to be in the mid-to-upper 50s, but it's still going to feel gross anyway.

WHAT IT MEANS: The Giants could actually clinch a playoff berth with a win, as long as the Redskins, Vikings and Packers all lose too. Even if that doesn't happen, a 10th win should virtually guarantee the Giants an NFC wild-card berth. Also if the Bucs beat the Dallas Cowboys and the Giants win, the Giants will be just one game back in the NFC East race with two games to go. It's a longshot, but anything is possible.

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New York Giants punter Brad Wing (9) is seen on the sideline during the game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. (Matt Bush)
New York Giants punter Brad Wing (9) is seen on the sideline during the game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. (Matt Bush)

Giants P Brad Wing has been named the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance during New York's 10-7 victory over the Dallas Cowboys in Week 14, the league announced Wednesday morning.

Wing had nine punts against Dallas and finished the game with a 43.2-yard gross average and a 42.9-yard net average. His longest punt went for 57 yards, and five of his kicks were downed inside the 20-yard line. The Cowboys managed just three total yards on three punt returns.

This is the sixth Player of the Week award won by the Giants this year, and the second one on special teams; Janoris Jenkins was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week in Week 2. Odell Beckham Jr. was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week in Week 6, while the Giants have won three defensive awards -- Landon Collins in Weeks 7 and 9, and Jason Pierre-Paul in Week 12.

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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.

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) celebrates his touchdown run against the Cleveland Browns during the second quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Scott Galvin)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) celebrates his touchdown run against the Cleveland Browns during the second quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Scott Galvin)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

Giants safety Landon Collins and receiver Odell Beckham are well positioned to earn a trip to the Pro Bowl, but it might take a late surge of fan voting for any of their teammates to join them.

Collins and Beckham were the only two Giants players in the Top 5 in their position in the fan vote, as of the last update, last week, and the voting ends on Tuesday night. The Giants' 10-7 win over the Cowboys on Sunday Night Football could provide a surge of support, but it might not be enough to get any more players in by the fan voting alone.

The players for the Pro Bowl are determined by voting from fans, coaches and players. Each voting group counts for one-third each. The players are selected regardless of conference, and the teams are divided up later.

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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.

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