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Sep 16, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) stiff arms New York Giants defensive back Landon Collins (21) in the first quarter at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Heitman)
Sep 16, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) stiff arms New York Giants defensive back Landon Collins (21) in the first quarter at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Heitman)

After a loss in Dallas last night, the Giants have once again started their season 0-2. It is the fifth time in six years that this has occurred for Big Blue. 

But Giants S Landon Collins is sure things are going to turn around. Collins tweeted out a message for all those doubting the Giants already, saying the team is willing to put in the work to figure things out and bounce back. 

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New York Giants' Landon Collins (21) returns an interception for a touchdown during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the New York Jets Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)
New York Giants' Landon Collins (21) returns an interception for a touchdown during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the New York Jets Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)

Cowboys QB Dak Prescott fired back at Giants S Landon Collins a day after Collins said keeping the ball in Prescott's hands would give Big Blue a better shot at winning.

"Challenge accepted," Prescott told reporters on Thursday. "Challenge accepted."

Collins said Wednesday that the team needs to focus on stopping explosive running back Ezekiel Elliott on Sunday night against the Cowboys. And as far as Prescott? Not so much...

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New York Giants' Landon Collins (21) returns an interception for a touchdown during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the New York Jets Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)
New York Giants' Landon Collins (21) returns an interception for a touchdown during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the New York Jets Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)

Giants S Landon Collins thinks the team needs to focus on stopping explosive running back Ezekiel Elliott on Sunday night against the Cowboys. As far as QB Dak Prescott? Not so much. 

"Honestly, we really just have to focus on stopping Zeke," Collins said on Wednesday. "Making sure every run gap, we're playing our gap assignments and make sure we close the air out of their running game.

"If we do that, put the ball into Dak's hands, I think we have a better shot at winning."

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Pat Shurmur, Landon Collins, and Eli Manning talk about Sunday night's Week 2 NFC East showdown with the Dallas Cowboys.

The Giants didn't see the season opener result they wanted witha 20-15 loss at home against the Jaguars on Sunday. But they can't dwell on that as they look ahead to a tough road matchup against their heated rival -- Dallas Cowboys. 

The Cowboys also suffered a Week 1 loss, so both teams will be looking to rebound on Sunday Night Football. Head coach Pat Shurmur as well as S Landon Collins and QB Eli Manning discuss their matchup against the Cowboys, and how they can get that first win of the season...

 

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Sam Darnold (14) Saquon Barkley (26) Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Sam Darnold (14) Saquon Barkley (26) Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Giants rookie RB Saquon Barkley had himself a solid debut this past Sunday with 106 rushing yards and his first career touchdown run. But, when it comes to New York rookies, it was Jets QB Sam Darnold that got the most attention. 

Darnold led the Jets to a rout of the Lions on Monday night, and it brought about the conversation of the Giants passing on the 21-year-old signal caller to take Barkley in this year's Draft. Some believed the Giants should have gone after a quarterback with the veteran Eli Manning winding down his career. 

However, GM Dave Gettleman proved the Giants are in win-now mode by taking Barkley. And S Landon Collins believes that was the better pick anyway. 

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New York Giants strong safety Landon Collins calls a play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants strong safety Landon Collins calls a play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Safety Landon Collins and quarterback Eli Manning were among six players the Giants voted as captains for the 2018 season.

Newcomers Nate Solder, Alec Ogletree and Michael Thomas were also voted by teammates and coaches as captains, as was the veteran Zak DeOssie.

"We feel good about the leadership of our team," Giants head coach Pat Shurmur said in a statement. "We feel like the players and coaches have chosen well, and we look forward to having these captains lead us through the 2018 season."

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Aug 9, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) rushes against Cleveland Browns defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah (90) during first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Aug 9, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) rushes against Cleveland Browns defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah (90) during first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Odell Beckham, Landon Collins, and Saquon Barkley are representing the Giants on ESPN's top 100 players list ahead of the 2018 NFL season.

Beckham was the top-ranked Giants player, at No. 11, which is two spots below his ranking ahead of last season. Fresh off a new five-year contract, Beckham appears ready to go this season after missing the bulk of last season due to an ankle injury.

Collins is ranked No. 60 one year after he was slotted in at No. 29, and Barkley, who was the second overall pick in the 2018 draft, was ranked 87th on the list.

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New York Giants' Landon Collins (21) returns an interception for a touchdown during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the New York Jets Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)
New York Giants' Landon Collins (21) returns an interception for a touchdown during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the New York Jets Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)

Landon Collins thinks the Jets drafted a winner in Sam Darnold, but that doesn't mean the Giants defense isn't looking forward to 'feasting' on the rookie.

Collins thinks Darnold's career will be a successful one but says the Giants defense is going to 'have fun' with their game against the Jets' rookie.

"He's a rookie, we feast on rookies sometimes," Collins said, via Newsday's Owen O'Brien. "It's always an exciting game. To see him play, he's going to have a fantastic career once he gets it going, and … I know he's going to do a great job at the Jets, but you're playing against a good defense, and we're going to have fun with it."

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New York Giants strong safety Landon Collins calls a play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants strong safety Landon Collins calls a play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Two-time Pro Bowl safety Landon Collins said he feels he has "100 percent" recovered from a broken arm and that he is focused on turning the Giants into a top-10 defense heading into a contract year.

The 24-year-old Collins, who underwent two surgeries to repair a broken forearm, said he does not feel limited at all and will not need to wear any protective gear. He first fractured his arm in Week 16 last season but needed a second surgery in April to further repair the injury. 

"I guess it's to my discretion and if I feel anything I can pull myself out," Collins said about his participation in training camp, "but most likely like in the offseason, I have been putting a lot of pressure on it. I have been pushing things so I can see where I'm at."

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A general view of a New York Giants helmet on the turf before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)
A general view of a New York Giants helmet on the turf before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)

Big Blue is making big bucks.

According to Forbes, the Giants are valued at $3.3 billion, making them the third-most valuable NFL franchise in 2018. They also come in at eighth overall in the world. 

The Giants' division rival Cowboys were named the most valubale sports team in the world for the thrid straight year at $4.8 billion. The Patriots come after the Cowboys at $3.7 billion, which is sixth-best in the world. 

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Kirk Cousins (8) Damon Harrison (98) Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Kirk Cousins (8) Damon Harrison (98) Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

EA Sports released its highly-anticipated Madden NFL 19 ratings on Tuesday, and the Giants saw themselves at the bottom of the pack.

Despite some high-profile names on the roster, Big Blue came in rated 73 which is the third-worst ranking in the popular video game. The ratings do change based off team performance throughout the year. 

The highest-rated player on the Giants is WR Odell Beckham Jr., who came in at 95 overall. That makes him the third-best receiver in the game behind Steelers' Antonio Brown, who has a nearly perfect rating of 99, and Falcons' Julio Jones' 98 rating...

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Landon Collins (21) Andrew Adams (33) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Landon Collins (21) Andrew Adams (33) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The phrase, "They won't know what hit 'em," is perfect to describe defensive coordinator James Bettcher's system for the Giants next season. 

Bettcher's 3-4 scheme is one of mystery and disguise, designed to keep opposing offenses guessing as to what type of defense the Giants are running. It worked with the Cardinals during his tenure there, and he is hoping for even more success with a promising, young defense in the Giants. 

One of those youngsters is S Andrew Adams, who will battle for the starting position next to All-Pro S Landon Collins again in training camp. And though it may sound confusing, he had only one way to describe Bettcher's scheme...

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Dec 22, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison (98) takes the field for action against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Philadelphia Eagles won 24-19. (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)
Dec 22, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison (98) takes the field for action against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Philadelphia Eagles won 24-19. (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: The Giants have high expectations for a big, bounce-back season, which means they'll head to training camp this summer with plenty of optimism. Camp begins on July 25 when the full team reports, though rookies, quarterbacks, and injured players will come in a few days earlier, on July 22.

Here is Part 2 of what to look forward to when Giants training camp begins...

An aggressive, happy defense

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Taylor Rooks chats with Giants safety Landon Collins about his return to the field, and they welcome a special guest video-bomber.

After the second day of the Giants' mandatory three-day minicamp, SNY's Taylor Rooks had a chat with S Landon Collins. Little did she know S Andrew Adams wanted to get in the interview as well....

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SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano reveals the five most interesting things to watch for during this week's New York Giants minicamp.

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | ArchiveNow that Odell Beckham Jr. is planning to attend the Giants' mandatory mini-camp, a major crisis has been averted.

But that doesn't make the three-day camp any less interesting.

As the Giants continue their quick rebuild from the ashes of last year's 3-13 mess, they still have a lot of questions to answer and pieces to fit in before they get to training camp this summer. This week will begin to add some clarity to their picture...

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Landon Collins talks return 00:00:16
New York Giants safety Landon Collins reveals his return to the field is coming soon, as he continues his rehab from offseason surgery.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - One of the biggest stars and best players on the Giants is heading into a contract year with no signs an extension is near. He's rehabbing his way back from an injury and is pretty close to being fully cleared by doctors, maybe even in time for the mandatory mini-camp next week.

Yet there are no fears of a contract holdout with safety Landon Collins, and no stress about the situation like there always seems to be with Odell Beckham, Jr. Collins has been with the team all spring. At no point did the Giants flirt with the idea of trading him. And no one has ever thought the two sides were headed in the wrong direction.

But the truth is, just like Beckham, Collins heads into his contract season with something to prove before he lands the big-money deal he desires. And before they give him that lucrative contract extension, the Giants want to make sure he's still the player and leader that they've always expected him to be.

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Saquon Barkley, Landon Collins and Sterling Shepard took the field for Giants OTA's on Tuesday.

Dec 3, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; New York Giants strong safety Landon Collins (21) recovers the fumble ahead of Oakland Raiders running back DeAndre Washington (33) during the third quarter at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports (Kelley L Cox)
Dec 3, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; New York Giants strong safety Landon Collins (21) recovers the fumble ahead of Oakland Raiders running back DeAndre Washington (33) during the third quarter at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports (Kelley L Cox)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Landon Collins has always sounded sure he'd be ready to go by the start of training camp, even after needing a second surgery on his fractured forearm last month. On Tuesday, he sure looked like he'd have no trouble meeting that goal.

The Giants' two-time Pro Bowl safety was a surprise participant in both individual drills and 7-on-7 drills during the team's organized team activity (OTA) session on Tuesday. He was definitely limited, and he wore a red pinny over his jersey to signify he was barred from any contact. But he did enough, just five weeks after surgery, to make it seem clear he's ahead of schedule.

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 (Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement)
(Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement)

Giants QB Eli Manning and S Landon Collins joined New York athletes wishing those injured in the Paramus school bus crash to get well soon. 

"I just wanted to reach out to everyone at East Brook Middle School and let you know that everyone on the Giants is thinking about you and praying for you during his tough time," Manning said into the camera.

Collins sent his personal message to Brendan O'Callaghan, who already received a signed stick and personal note from Rangers G Henrik Lundqvist

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(Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas)

Giants GM Dave Gettleman and head coach Pat Shurmur said they were looking to change the team's culture after a tumultuous season on and off the field in 2017. 

For S Landon Collins, he already notices a big difference being brought to the Giants with this new regime. 

"They don't want no bulls--t, honestly," Collins told The Post's Zach Braziller. "We want people who want to win, we want people that want to play. We want people that's hungry and go on the field and do their thing.

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Dec 3, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; New York Giants strong safety Landon Collins (21) recovers the fumble ahead of Oakland Raiders running back DeAndre Washington (33) during the third quarter at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports (Kelley L Cox)
Dec 3, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; New York Giants strong safety Landon Collins (21) recovers the fumble ahead of Oakland Raiders running back DeAndre Washington (33) during the third quarter at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports (Kelley L Cox)

Giants S Landon Collins is excited about the way the Giants are shaping up under new coach Pat Shurmur -- and he senses a difference from last season.

"They don't want no bullsh*t," Collins said on Tuesday when asked about the head coach, as well as new general manager Dave Gettleman, according to Tom Rock of Newsday. 

The Giants ushered in new leadership after firing head coach Ben McAdoo in December before finishing the season with then-defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo at the helm as interim head coach. Spagnuolo has since left the team as well...

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(Noah K. Murray)

Giants CB Eli Apple is embarrassed yet grateful. 

His embarrassment stems from a sophomore season that saw tumult, both on and off the field. He threatened to leave the team facility after players and coaches called out his effort in a film session, was caught tweeting while on the sideline during a game, and eventually caused enough distraction and trouble in the locker room that teammate Landon Collins called him a "cancer."

Looking back now that a new season is upon him, Apple knows that 2017 just wasn't his year...

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(William Hauser)

For those who didn't vote for Giants DT Damon "Snacks" Harrison in the NFL Top 100 this year -- good luck. 

It appears that Harrison, who was No. 96 on the 2017 Top 100 list, won't make it this season as the latest installment of the list (No. 80-71) didn't include him. 

Well, it is safe to say that Snacks doesn't appreciate it after warning "every lineman we play this year" that he will have no mercy. 

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New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers blocks as Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Robert Ayers rushes during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers blocks as Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Robert Ayers rushes during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants safety Landon Collins said offensive lineman Ereck Flowers skipped the team's voluntary offseason program last month over the signing of left tackle Nate Solder.

Collins, speaking on WFAN's "Boomer and Gio" on Friday morning, said he did not receive a text back from Flowers in the offseason, but his cousin, with whom Flowers is close, did. According to Collins, Solder's signing was the reason why Flowers wasn't with the team and was instead in Miami.

"He's just unhappy that they picked up [Nate Solder]," Collins said. "That's it."

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New York Giants' Landon Collins (21) returns an interception for a touchdown during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the New York Jets Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)
New York Giants' Landon Collins (21) returns an interception for a touchdown during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the New York Jets Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)

Giants S Landon Collins is ticked off with NFL Network's Top 100 Players of 2018 after he was ranked No. 92 on the list Monday night.

The rankings, which are voted on by NFL Players, had Collins at No. 28 on the list last year after coming off a 2016 season that saw him as the Defensive Player of the year runner-up.

Though he is happy he made the list, Collins isn't content with the number next to his name. And he made sure to let everyone know it.

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New York Giants strong safety Landon Collins (21) just misses an interception on a ball intended for Cleveland Browns tight end Seth DeValve (87) during the second half at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants strong safety Landon Collins (21) just misses an interception on a ball intended for Cleveland Browns tight end Seth DeValve (87) during the second half at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports)

Giants S Landon Collins underwent his second surgery to repair his right forearm on Monday, per ESPN's Jordan Raanan. 

It was reported two weeks ago that doctors didn't see Collins' forearm healing the way they had hoped, and a second surgery to repair it again was recommended.

Now that it is complete, the expected recovery time for the All-Pro safety is 6-8 weeks, which will have him recovered before the start of training camp. 

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New York Giants' Landon Collins (21) returns an interception for a touchdown during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the New York Jets Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)
New York Giants' Landon Collins (21) returns an interception for a touchdown during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the New York Jets Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)

Giants S Landon Collins said his fractured forearm was "100 percent" during his conference call with the media on Monday. 

That isn't the case at all.

Collins' forearm has not been healing as doctors expected it to, NFL Network's Mike Garafalo first reported Wednesday night. Now, the safety has accepted the recommendation to undergo a second surgery to plate the bone yet again, NorthJersey.com's Art Stapleton reported.

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New York Giants safety Landon Collins (21) and cornerback Eli Apple (24) (Michael Ainsworth/AP)
New York Giants safety Landon Collins (21) and cornerback Eli Apple (24) (Michael Ainsworth/AP)

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At the end of last season, Eli Apple was in the epicenter of the Giants' locker room dysfunction. It got so bad that his teammate, Landon Collins, called him "a cancer" during a radio appearance in late December.

That's a hard word to walk back, and a feud that didn't seem easy to fix. But, on the first day of the new Giants' offseason workout program on Monday, Collins insisted that's exactly what they did. Everything between the two of them, he insisted, is fine despite everything that happened last season...

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New York Giants strong safety Landon Collins reacts after recovering a fumble against the Oakland Raiders in the third quarter at Oakland Coliseum. (Cary Edmondson/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants strong safety Landon Collins reacts after recovering a fumble against the Oakland Raiders in the third quarter at Oakland Coliseum. (Cary Edmondson/USA TODAY Sports)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The new Giants coaching staff inherited plenty of lingering problems, but none bigger than the dysfunctional mess inside the defensive backs room. Three cornerbacks were suspended last season. Efforts were openly questioned. And it all bottomed out when safety Landon Collins publicly called cornerback Eli Apple "a cancer."

Maybe it's true that everyone will have a "clean slate" this season, as the new regime has promised. But that's still a major headache that new defensive backs coach Lou Anarumo has to cure.

"The DB room is always full of characters," Anarumo said. That's a funny line, but it doesn't really explain the size of this mess...

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While Giants new head coach Pat Shurmur will be trying to revitalize a lethargic offense, new defensive coordinator James Bettcher will look to implement his new 3-4 scheme into the defense. 

Bettcher's aggressive nature in his defensive scheme has the making to switch things up for some players in the Giants' locker room. And the team seems fully committed to this change, as not only did they trade Jason Pierre-Paul to get clear up his contract, but he didn't fit into the 3-4 scheme. Olivier Vernon will likely see challenges in transitioning as well. 

But what about the Giants' most versatile player in S Landon Collins?

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(Dennis Schneidler)

The Giants added more depth to their secondary on Monday, signing veteran S Mike Thomas to a two-year deal, per ESPN's Jordan Raanan.

Thomas, 28, is a five-year veteran who was primarily a special teamer with the Dolphins. He has made 55 special teams tackles over the past four seasons, which is tied for the league lead. On defense, Thomas has the ability to play both the strong and free safety positions. 

The Standford product was also a captain for the Dolphins, which attests to his off-the-field nature as well. His strong locker room presence is a quality GM Dave Gettleman wants in his players this season. 

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It seems like a perfect fit for the Giants. Their new defensive coordinator, James Bettcher, had a Top-10 defense in Arizona last season, and one of his best players on that defense was The Honey Badger - safety Tyrann Mathieu.

And now, suddenly, Mathieu is an unrestricted free agent … and the Giants think they have a need at safety. So …

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Nov 23, 2017; Landover, MD, USA; New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins (20) breaks up a pass intended for Washington Redskins wide receiver Josh Doctson (18) during the first half at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Nov 23, 2017; Landover, MD, USA; New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins (20) breaks up a pass intended for Washington Redskins wide receiver Josh Doctson (18) during the first half at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

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The Giants couldn't get veteran cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to agree to a pay cut, so they officially released him on Sunday.

And now their cornerback corps suddenly looks very, very thin.

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New York Giants' Eli Apple reacts after breaking up a pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)
New York Giants' Eli Apple reacts after breaking up a pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)

Eli Apple's future with the Giants was in question after a tumultuous 2017 season, and especially with new GM Dave Gettleman and HC Pat Shurmur put in place.

However, while fielding questions at the NFL Combine, they both reiterated the "clean slate deal" that Gettleman offered Apple earlier this offseason.

Gettleman spoke on his "nice visit" with Apple, where they talked for about a half hour. While telling Apple that he has the clean slate, he said "It's a new day. Let's go," according to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano. Gettleman wouldn't specifiy if Apple will definitely return next season, though, but he did say "I hope he shows up April 9," which is the first day of offseason workouts. 

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Jan 1, 2017; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) is sacked by New York Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison (98) during the first half at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Jan 1, 2017; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) is sacked by New York Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison (98) during the first half at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

Giants DT Damon "Snacks" Harrison and S Landon Collins made it to Pro Football Focus' top 101 players for the 2017 NFL season. 

Harrison, who has made the list four times now, was named PFF's best run defender in 2017 after hitting 40 run stops for the third time in his career. Snacks may not have made the Pro Bowl, but PFF recognizes him as one of -- if not the most -- valuable run stopper in the game. 

"There is no greater run-stuffing force in the NFL than Damon Harrison, the Giants defensive tackle," PFF writes. "Harrison won PFF's best run defender award again this season, and has made run stops and run-stop percentage a statistic owned by him alone. Harrison again topped 40 run stops this season, third time in his career, or two more times than the rest of the league's interior defenders have managed since 2006. The run game has never been less important in the NFL, but Harrison is good enough to be an exception to that rule."

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Eli Manning and Odell Beckham during preseason play Saturday. (Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports)
Eli Manning and Odell Beckham during preseason play Saturday. (Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports)

Leave it to Eli Manning to steal the spotlight from Tom Brady in a Super Bowl again -- this time without even being there.

While Brady and the New England Patriots were losing Super Bowl LII to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night, Manning and Odell Beckham, Jr. starred in one of the most popular and best Super Bowl commercials which aired during the game on NBC. It featured Manning and Beckham doing a choreographed touchdown celebration to the "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" from the "Dirty Dancing" soundtrack, complete with some of that movie's most famous moves.

Manning did most of the wildest dancing, including a head-spinning and startlingly accurate homage to Patrick Swayze's dancing in the movie's final scene. He was also joined by some of his offensive linemen. Giants safety Landon Collins made a cameo appearance in the commercial for the NFL, too...

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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)

Giants S Landon Collins gave his stance on the vulgar video an Albama student posted to Instagram using racial slurs.

Collins, who played his college football at Alabama, took to Twitter to address the situation, saying he doesn't want people spewing racial slurs to support the Alabama football team. 

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Pat Shurmur may already know he's likely to be the next Giants coach, but for now, he's got other priorities. With the Minnesota Vikings still in the playoffs, he told reporters last week that his future has to be on the "back burner".

Once the Giants get to his front burner, though, he'll see he has a lot of work to do.

Tags: Bobby Hart, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Ralph Vacchiano
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(Kim Klement)

The Landon Collins-Eli Apple feud may be ending soon after Collins admitted their relationship can be repaired. 

It appears Collins is done fighting with his teammate as he voiced his support for Apple while at the NCAA national championship game in Atlanta Monday night. 

"My relationship can be repaired with him," Collins told The Post's Zach Braziller. "Our relationship can be mended. I don't know what his mindset is right now. He's kind of all over the place right now. You can see that with his Twitter rant. We got to have an understanding why he's playing football, because you got to be playing football to be one of the best players, not to be on the team and blowing your opportunity."

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Despite his records and championship titles, Giants S Landon Collins wouldn't want Bill Belichick as his head coach. 

It was rumored a power struggle in the Patriots' organization could see Belichick find employment elsewhere. However, he said he "absolutely" plans on coaching the Pats in 2018

Collins likened Belichick's style of coaching to that of his former coach at Alabama -- Nick Saban. Saban's style may have made Collins into the Pro Bowler he is today, but that doesn't mean he wants to be in that environment again. 

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New York Giants cornerback Eli Apple (24) during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants cornerback Eli Apple (24) during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

New Giants GM Dave Gettleman said Wednesday's meeting with cornerback Eli Apple, the first time the two of them met since the team hired Gettleman, "went fine."

"Eli was attentive and focused, and because he was suspended he couldn't be at the team meeting where I spoke to the team on Monday," Gettleman told the New York Daily News' Pat Leonard. "So I went through that process, so we'll see where it goes."

Apple's second professional season was filled with controversey and ended with him being suspended for the Giants' season finale due to "a pattern of behavior that is conduct detrimental to the team."

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New York Giants strong safety Landon Collins reacts after recovering a fumble against the Oakland Raiders in the third quarter at Oakland Coliseum. (Cary Edmondson/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants strong safety Landon Collins reacts after recovering a fumble against the Oakland Raiders in the third quarter at Oakland Coliseum. (Cary Edmondson/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants S Landon Collins has an odd idea regarding the type of player the team should select with the No. 2 pick in the upcoming NFL Draft.

"That's a big, that's a tough one," Collins said Wednesday on ESPN's First Take. "I don't say it's a quarterback, no. I don't say it's a quarterback. I'd say we see what we do this offseason. I would say, um, probably get some help at wide receiver. Get Odell, Brandon Marshall, and Sterling [Shepard] and Eli [Manning] some more options."

Aside from the above players as receiving options, the Giants also have TE Evan Engram, who excelled during his rookie season.

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Oct 22, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants corner back Eli Apple (24) reacts after breaking up a pass in the end zone during the second quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 22, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants corner back Eli Apple (24) reacts after breaking up a pass in the end zone during the second quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Giants new GM Dave Gettleman will meet with CB Eli Apple Wednesday to discuss his tumultuous 2017 season. 

Gettleman made note on WFAN Tuesday night that he couldn't comment on Apple's on and off the field issues this season because he hasn't spoken with him yet. However, that will quickly change as Apple and Gettleman get to know each other. 

The 67-year-old GM has preached a healthy locker room environment where respect is key to forming a good team. 

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(Bill Streicher)

Giants CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie believes S Landon Collins and CB Eli Apple can get passed their recent predicament, per NJ.com's Dan Duggan.

Collins and Apple went back and forth with comments directed at each other for the past couple weeks, with Collins ultimately calling Apple a "cancer" during a radio interview last week. However, despite all the bad blood between the two teammates, Rodgers-Cromartie belives the offseason will be a healant for their relationship. 

"The offseason is long. You can put all of that behind you," Rodgers-Cromartie said. "You can talk about it, get on the phone with each other. Whatever you have, get away from it. I just think it's just this season, the atmosphere of being in this locker room, that's it. This offseason, I definitely think they'll gel back."

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Mar 1, 2017; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Carolina Panters general manager Dave Gettleman speaks to the media during the 2017 NFL Combine at the Indiana Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)
Mar 1, 2017; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Carolina Panters general manager Dave Gettleman speaks to the media during the 2017 NFL Combine at the Indiana Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)

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Dave Gettleman will begin his first full day as the Giants general manager on Friday, and he won't need anyone to show him around the office. He also won't need an update on the Giants' many problems.

He already knows.

The big question, though, is this: How is he going to fix this mess? How is he going to restore the Giants to what they were when he left in 2012.

Tags: Brett Jones, Davis Webb, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Justin Pugh, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Victor Cruz, Weston Richburg, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants cornerback Eli Apple works out during NFL football training camp, Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)
New York Giants cornerback Eli Apple works out during NFL football training camp, Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)

The Giants have suspended CB Eli Apple for the remainder of the season due to detrimental conduct.

"We have suspended Eli for a pattern of behavior that is conduct detrimental to the team," interim GM Kevin Abrams said.

Part of that behavior was an argument Apple had with QB coach Tim Walton during practice on Wednesday over his refusal to take the field with the scout team, a source told SNY's Ralph Vacchiano, adding that the argument was "heated." According to Vacchiano, Wednesday was not the first time Apple and Walton squared off this season.

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Aug 26, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Davis Webb (5) during a preseason game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Aug 26, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Davis Webb (5) during a preseason game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Davis Webb, the Giants rookie quarterback, is finally getting a promotion.

Webb, the Giants' third-round pick out of Cal, is being prepped to be the No. 2 quarterback this week, which means he'll be activated for his first NFL game on Sunday when the Giants play host to the Washington Redskins, interim coach Steve Spagnuolo said. After spending all season as the third-string quarterback, Davis leap-frogged Geno Smith and practiced with the second-string on Wednesday.

Eli Manning is still slated to be the Giants' starter on Sunday. But the possibility now exists that Webb will get into the game.

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New York Giants cornerback Eli Apple (24) during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants cornerback Eli Apple (24) during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

Giants S Landon Collins said on Wednesday that CB Eli Apple has "checked out," while speaking to Josina Anderson of ESPN.

"I feel like he's checked out," Collins said. "If you go back to the game on Sunday, Eli was sitting down on the sideline. That's not what we need right now."

Collins' comments came a day after he seemed to call Apple a "cancer" during an ESPN radio show, per ESPN.com's Ian O'Connor. Collins tweeted an apology on Wednesday, but did not address the most recent comments...

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New York Giants middle linebacker B.J. Goodson against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants middle linebacker B.J. Goodson against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

With one game left in the season, the Giants have placed LB B.J. Goodson on IR.

To replace Goodson on the roster, the Giants signed WR Marquis Bundy off the practice squad.

The 24-year-old Goodson was limited to seven games this season due to leg injuries. He is the 22nd player to be placed on IR this season, after Landon Collins was placed on IR on Tuesday.

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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)

Landon Collins' 2017 season is officially over after the Giants placed him on injured reserve with a broken forearm. In a corresponding move, they've signed LB Derrick Matthews from the practice squad.

Collins' season ends with 104 combined tackles, 2 interceptions and another Pro-Bowl selection, his second. His 47 consecutive start streak will end as well, as he'll miss his first game as a professional football player.

When Collins learned of the news, he broke down.

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