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(Christopher Hanewinckel)

Free agent TE Anthony Fasano has agreed to re-sign with the Dolphins, reports Jeff Darlington of ESPN.

Paul Schwartz of the NY Post reported Tuesday that the Giants had interest in Fasano.

Fasano, 32, is used mostly as a run-blocker.

He had eight receptions for 83 yards to go along with two touchdowns in 16 games last season for the Titans, in what was the final year of his two-year deal...

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New York Giants tight end Will Tye (45) runs the ball against Pittsburgh Steelers safety Sean Davis (28) during the first half at Heinz Field. (Jason Bridge)
New York Giants tight end Will Tye (45) runs the ball against Pittsburgh Steelers safety Sean Davis (28) during the first half at Heinz Field. (Jason Bridge)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

Each week, SNY will put a current player, a position, or perhaps a draft or free agent target of the Giants in the spotlight as part of our regular offseason coverage. Last week we looked at DE Jason Pierre-Paul. This week we move on to a position of need for the Giants:

The tight ends.

It's been a long time since the Giants traded up a spot in the 2002 draft to take Jeremy Shockey, a player then-general manager Ernie Accorsi hailed as more of a "weapon" than just a tight end. He was a controversial person to be sure and probably hindered the early development of Eli Manning. But he was a dynamic player for the Giants - maybe the last truly dynamic tight end the Giants had.

Tags: Jerell Adams, Larry Donnell, Will Tye, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants tight end Will Tye (45) catches a pass against the Minnesota Vikings in the first quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. (Bruce Kluckhohn)
New York Giants tight end Will Tye (45) catches a pass against the Minnesota Vikings in the first quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. (Bruce Kluckhohn)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

Will Tye, the Giants starting tight end at the end of last season, will be returning for 2017 to at least compete for the job again.

Tye has re-signed with the Giants for one year and a salary of $615,000, NFL Players Association records show. He is one of three "exclusive rights" free agents re-signed by the Giants, joining the two whose deals were reported Tuesday -- tight end Matt LaCosse and defensive tackle Robert Thomas.

The Giants have declined to make the ERFA qualifying offer of a one-year, minimum-salary deal to two other ERFAs - receiver Ben Edwards (as reported by SNY on Tuesday) and fullback Nikita Whitlock.

Tags: Jerell Adams, Larry Donnell, Nikita Whitlock, Will Tye, Ralph Vacchiano
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(Vincent Carchietta)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

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

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

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

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

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

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

Even though the Giants are coming off their most successful regular season since 2008 and their first playoff berth since 2011, their season-ending, 38-13 loss in Green Bay in the wild-card round left a bad taste in everyone's mouth. It also left the Giants heading into the offseason with plenty of difficult questions.

You asked them, so I'll answer as many as I can in two installments of the first offseason edition of my SNY Giants Twitter mailbag. Here is Part II:

Is it time for the Giants to draft their next franchise quarterback? -- @kennyg825

In a word, no. I actually wrote about this here last week, and my opinion remains unchanged. I believe the Giants should keep their eyes open for an opportunity to find their next franchise quarterback, but they shouldn't move on it this early unless the opportunity is too good to pass up. Yes, if the next Aaron Rodgers fell to them at 23 they should pounce. But as of right now, I don't see the next Aaron Rodgers in this draft. Some scouts aren't sure there's a franchise quarterback at all...

Tags: Eli Manning, Jonathan Casillas, Larry Donnell, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Will Tye, Ralph Vacchiano
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(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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Green Bay Packers inside linebacker Jake Ryan tackles New York Giants tight end Will Tye in the NFC Wild Card playoff football game at Lambeau Field. (Dan Powers/The Post-Crescent via USA TODAY Sports)
Green Bay Packers inside linebacker Jake Ryan tackles New York Giants tight end Will Tye in the NFC Wild Card playoff football game at Lambeau Field. (Dan Powers/The Post-Crescent via USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY

GREEN BAY, Wisc. -- Of all the things that could've gone wrong for the New York Giants this season, the last thing anyone expected to malfunction was the offense. They had brought back all their key pieces from a top-10 offense, including their play-caller, their quarterback and one of the best receivers in football.

Yet the offense was a disaster, almost right from the start.

The Giants will likely spend the next few weeks and months trying to figure out how it all disintegrated so quickly and why an offense that was ranked in the top 10 for both of Ben McAdoo's two years as offensive coordinator plummeted to 26th in his first year as head coach. The Giants scored almost a touchdown less per game in 2016 than they did one year earlier and gained about 40 yards fewer per game

Tags: Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Green Bay Packers, Larry Donnell, Odell Beckham Jr., Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Will Tye, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings (23) celebrates with New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) after running for a game-ending first down against the Cincinnati Bengals during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings (23) celebrates with New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) after running for a game-ending first down against the Cincinnati Bengals during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

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The Giants have been scratching their heads all season trying to figure out why they haven't been able to run the football, sack passers and put teams away in games.

Against the Bengals on Monday night, they finally saw progress in those first two areas but still haven't solved the third. Perhaps they will do that in their back-to-back games against two of the league's worst teams (Chicago and Cleveland).

Here's a quick rundown of the positives that came out of victory over Cincinnati on Monday night.

Tags: Damon Harrison, Jerell Adams, Jonathan Casillas, Larry Donnell, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen, Will Tye, John Fennelly
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New York Giants tight end Will Tye (45) catches a pass against the Minnesota Vikings in the first quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Vikings win 24-10. (Bruce Kluckhohn)
New York Giants tight end Will Tye (45) catches a pass against the Minnesota Vikings in the first quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Vikings win 24-10. (Bruce Kluckhohn)

John Fennelly, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | Tumblr | | Archive Posts

Giants head coach Ben McAdoo was a tight ends coach for the majority of his Green Bay Packers coaching career. He holds the position in high regard. When he came to the Giants to become their offensive coordinator in 2014, he inherited a unit that consisted of Larry DonnellDaniel Fells and Adrien Robinson. Not exactly a dynamic bunch.

The school of thought was that Donnell was the best of the bunch with Fells a solid all-around option as his backup. Robinson had been a bust since the day he arrived in 2012 and was only on the roster because GM Jerry Reese hangs on to his draftees in hopes they suddenly blossom.

Tags: Jerell Adams, Larry Donnell, Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings, Will Tye, John Fennelly
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(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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Oct 23, 2016; London, ENG; Head coach Ben McAdoo of the New York Giants celebrates with cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (41) of the New York Giants after his interception during the fourth quarter of the game between the Los Angeles Rams and the New York Giants at Twickenham Stadium. Steve Flynn-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 23, 2016; London, ENG; Head coach Ben McAdoo of the New York Giants celebrates with cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (41) of the New York Giants after his interception during the fourth quarter of the game between the Los Angeles Rams and the New York Giants at Twickenham Stadium. Steve Flynn-USA TODAY Sports

The optimistic look at Ben McAdoo's first almost-half-season as Giants head coach is that they got to their bye week over .500. They have gutted out two straight wins to reverse a mini-tailspin to put themselves right in the thick of the second-half playoff chase.The pessimistic look is that the journey to 4-3 hasn't exactly been pretty. Also, they were 4-3 last year, too. That was fools' gold, though, as they proved by losing seven of their last nine.So the story of the first season of the post-Tom Coughlin Era hasn't really been written yet. And seven games into McAdoo's tenure, there are as many good signs as there are bad. Here's a look at some of them that may prove to be important as the Giants try to earn their first playoff berth since way back in 2011:

Tags: Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Landon Collins, Larry Donnell, Marshall Newhouse, Nat Berhe, Odell Beckham Jr., Rashad Jennings, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo coaches against the Baltimore Ravens during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo coaches against the Baltimore Ravens during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Giants head coach Ben McAdoo spoke to reporters on Monday. Here's what he had to say:

  • The front office has been in discussions today about K Josh Brown, and McAdoo will join those talks tonight and tomorrow.
  • Brown has not been at the team facility today, although he is allowed to be there based on his status on the Commissioner Exempt list.
  • RB Rashad Jennings remains the starting running back.
  • WR Odell Beckham Jr. is in treatment today for his hip and is "pretty sore."
  • TE Jerell Adams and TE Will Tye will get more opportunities in order to create some competition with TE Larry Donnell
  • McAdoo on taking a look at his play-calling, and possibly delegating that job to another coach: "Everything is on the table."
  • It is a real possibility that the entire 53-man roster will be available to practice following the team's bye week.
Tags: Jerell Adams, Josh Brown, Larry Donnell, Odell Beckham Jr., Rashad Jennings, Will Tye

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (41) intercepts a 4 yard pass from Case Keenum (17) during the fourth quarter of the game between the Los Angeles Rams and the New York Giants at Twickenham Stadium. (Steve Flynn)
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (41) intercepts a 4 yard pass from Case Keenum (17) during the fourth quarter of the game between the Los Angeles Rams and the New York Giants at Twickenham Stadium. (Steve Flynn)

The Giants are 4-3 and have won two straight games heading into their bye week, which would seem to put them in a very good position for a "second half" run.So why is it that everyone feels so badly about them?Oh, right. They're winning pretty ugly. And their vaunted offense gained a pretty pathetic 232 yards against the Rams on Sunday in London. And they still can't run the ball. And Odell Beckham wasn't very effective. And everyone is down on Ben McAdoo's play-calling. And …Well, you get the idea. All the bad, and maybe some of the good, is covered here in my takeaways from … wait, let me check … yeah, it's true, it was a Giants win.

Tags: Darian Thompson, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Manning, Jason Pierre-Paul, Jerell Adams, Landon Collins, Larry Donnell, Nat Berhe, Odell Beckham Jr., Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Will Tye, Ralph Vacchiano
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The Giants provided injury updates on Friday...

  • S Nat Berhe, OT Marshall Newhouse, and S Darian Thompson will all be out on Sunday against the Ravens.
  • CB Eli Apple, WR Dwayne Harris, LB Devon Kennard, DE Jason Pierre-Paul, and CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie are listed as questionable.
  • TE Larry Donnell is not on the injury list and is expected to play.
Tags: Darian Thompson, Devon Kennard, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Dwayne Harris, Eli Apple, Jason Pierre-Paul, Larry Donnell, Marshall Newhouse, Nat Berhe

 (Jim Brown)
(Jim Brown)

Giants RB Rashad Jennings expects to play on Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens after missing the last three games due to a thumb injury."We're rocking this week," Jennings told reporters after practicing on Thursday.Prior to getting hurt, Jennings picked up 102 yards on 31 carries, to go with three receptions for 16 yards.CB Eli Apple, S Nat Berhe, WR Dwayne Harris, OT Marshall Newhouse, and S Darian Thompson did not practice on Thursday. Thompson did receive some good news when he was told he no longer had to wear the protective boot on his hurt foot. The rookie safety is still considered week-to-week.

Tags: Darian Thompson, Devon Kennard, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Dwayne Harris, Eli Apple, Jason Pierre-Paul, Jerell Adams, Larry Donnell, Marshall Newhouse, Nat Berhe, Olivier Vernon, Rashad Jennings
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Vacc's 3 Keys: Giants-Packers 00:03:00
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano mentions that the Giants must limit big plays and use a strong running attack against the Packers on Sunday.

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THE GAME: The Giants (2-2) at the Green Bay Packers (2-1) at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis., on Sunday, Oct. 9, 8:30 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER: Call it the not-so-frozen tundra this time. It'll actually be a nice day in Green Bay with the temperature getting all the way up to 60, but when the sun goes down the temperatures will drop to the mid-40s.

Tags: Darian Thompson, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Larry Donnell, Marshall Newhouse, Nat Berhe, Odell Beckham Jr., Orleans Darkwa, Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen, Will Tye, Ralph Vacchiano
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Vacc's 3 Keys: Giants-Packers 00:03:00
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano mentions that the Giants must limit big plays and use a strong running attack against the Packers on Sunday.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Odell Beckham, Jr. has dominated the news cycle lately. Some of that has been justified. Some of it has been over the top and out of control.

But all of it has masked something very important about the 2-2 Giants as they prepare for their game against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night:

Tags: Darian Thompson, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Larry Donnell, Nat Berhe, Odell Beckham Jr., Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen, Ralph Vacchiano
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Giants CBs Eli Apple (hamstring), Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (groin), and RB Rashad Jennings (thumb) are all questionable for Sunday night's game against the Packers in Green Bay.

S Nat Berhe (concussion), TE Larry Donnell (concussion), OT Marshall Newhouse (calf), and S Darian Thompson (foot) are out on Sunday.

Tags: Darian Thompson, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Larry Donnell, Marshall Newhouse, Nat Berhe, Rashad Jennings

New York Giants cornerback Eli Apple (28) covers New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker (87) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta)
New York Giants cornerback Eli Apple (28) covers New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker (87) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta)

Giants rookie CB Eli Apple told reporters his hamstring feels good after participating in individual drills on Thursday.

Apple said he hopes to take part in team drills on Saturday before attempting to suit up for Sunday night's game against Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.

The rookie cornerback was injured during the Giants' Week 3 loss against the Washington Redskins, and was inactive for Monday's game against the Minnesota Vikings.

Tags: Darian Thompson, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Larry Donnell, Marshall Newhouse, Nat Berhe, Olivier Vernon, Rashad Jennings
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GEICO SportsNite: Giants lose 00:00:49
Giants head coach Ben McAdoo discusses Big Blue's loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

Minnesota's defense denied Odell Beckham Jr. all night and forced two turnovers that led to 10 points, and the Vikings mystified Eli Manning yet again during a 24-10 victory Monday over the New York Giants.

Sam Bradford threw a touchdown pass to tight end Kyle Rudolph for the third straight game and kept his turnover-free streak intact, helping the Vikings (4-0) lead from start to finish after falling behind in each of their first three wins.

Beckham, who has yet to score this season, was smothered by cornerback Xavier Rhodes and had 23 yards on three catches. Victor Cruz and Sterling Shepard were quiet, too, and Manning was erratic as ever while finishing 25 for 45 for just 261 yards. Rhodes picked him off in the third quarter, the 15th interception for Manning in eight career starts against the Vikings. He's 2-6 with only five touchdown passes.

Tags: Darian Thompson, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Dwayne Harris, Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Larry Donnell, Minnesota Vikings, Nat Berhe, Odell Beckham Jr., Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen, Sterling Shepard, Trevin Wade, Victor Cruz
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New York Giants tight end Larry Donnell (Timothy T. Ludwig/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants tight end Larry Donnell (Timothy T. Ludwig/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Giants tight end Larry Donnell left Monday's game against the Minnesota Vikings with a concussion.

Donnell was hit in the helmet by Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr trying to block on a run play in the first quarter.

Tags: Larry Donnell, Minnesota Vikings

 (Ed Mulholland)
(Ed Mulholland)

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The last time the Giants started 2-0 was in 2009. They actually started 5-0 that season. Then they finished 8-8. So the lesson is that it's not how you start, it's how you finish.

But to the Giants, after too many years of misery, a 2-0 start sure feels pretty good.

Tags: Damon Harrison, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Johnathan Hankins, Landon Collins, Larry Donnell, Marshall Newhouse, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Shane Vereen, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) talks with New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) during the second half against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. (Kevin Hoffman)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) talks with New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) during the second half against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. (Kevin Hoffman)

Ralph Vacchiano, NFL Insider | Facebook | Twitter | Archive

As bad as the Giants were last season, things weren't all bad for anyone who owned their players in fantasy football - or at least a couple of them. The Giants got a career year from Eli Manning, a huge season from Odell Beckham, and finished eighth in yards and sixth in scoring on offense.

Considering they've been in the top 10 in yards in both seasons using Ben McAdoo's offense there's no reason things should change this season. Only now, there are a couple of other fantasy options to consider, too.

Tags: Eli Manning, Josh Brown, Larry Donnell, Odell Beckham Jr., Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Will Tye, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)

The 53-man roster is set (for now), and the New York Giants believe they will be back on the road to success after missing the postseason the past four years. Their roster has been upgraded in many key areas, with the exception of the offensive line and a blocking tight end.

But who will be the stars and the face of this club in 2016? It's clear QB Eli Manning and WR Odell Beckham Jr. will be among the top players in the league at their positions, but who else will garner Pro Bowl interest this year?

On offense, no one can possibly expect any of the linemen to get any type of recognition. Center Weston Richburg is considered one of the best players at his position, but the negative advance reviews on the Giants' offensive line is going to hurt his chances. The rest of the group has either struggled or was injured this summer, so the offense would have to play lights out for them to get any consideration.

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Brad Wing, Damon Harrison, Darian Thompson, Devon Kennard, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Johnathan Hankins, Josh Brown, Kerry Wynn, Landon Collins, Larry Donnell, Nat Berhe, Odell Beckham Jr., Orleans Darkwa, Owa Odighizuwa, Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen, Sterling Shepard, Trevin Wade, Victor Cruz, Weston Richburg, Will Tye, John Fennelly
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(William Hauser)

Giants head coach Ben McAdoo spoke with the media on Friday. Here's what we learned...

  • Wide receivers, running backs, and linebackers will be the toughest calls when it comes to trimming the roster to 53 by Saturday.
  • The team feels comfortable with the body of work on injured FB/TE Will Johnson, but there's no new information on his injury.
  • S Darian Thompson might be back in a limited role next week.
  • TE Larry Donnell's wrist is okay.
  • McAdoo doesn't believe the Giants need a traditional fullback on the roster.
Tags: Darian Thompson, Larry Donnell

New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)

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

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

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

Tags: Jerell Adams, Justin Pugh, Larry Donnell, Will Tye, John Fennelly
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New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo at the podium after the second day of training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (William Hauser)
New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo at the podium after the second day of training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (William Hauser)

TE Larry Donnell, OL John Jerry, and rookie CB Matt Smalley all left practice early today with injuries.

Donnell, who was carted to the locker room after running wind sprints, was dehydrated, Ben McAdoo said after practice, while Jerry was forced to leave early due to an illness.

Smalley, an undrafted free agent from Lafayette, was helped off the field after trying to defend a pass to WR Darius Powe. McAdoo later told reporters Smalley was dealing with a shoulder issue. 

Tags: Eli Apple, Geremy Davis, J.T. Thomas, John Jerry, Kerry Wynn, Larry Donnell, Nikita Whitlock, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz
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 (William Hauser)
(William Hauser)

WR Odell Beckham, Jr., who sustained a laceration on his lower left leg on Sunday could be back as early as Thursday. Head coach Ben McAdoo said he looks close to returning.

"We'll see how he responds," McAdoo said. "Every day is a new day. It's amazing what could happen over the course of a night."

Second year TE Matt LaCosse left practice with a knee injury, but came back and "fought through it."

Tags: Eli Manning, Jonathan Casillas, Josh Brown, Larry Donnell, Odell Beckham Jr., Paul Perkins, Ryan Nassib, Trevin Wade, John Fennelly
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New York Giants tight end Larry Donnell (84) makes a catch defended by defensive back Janoris Jenkins (20) during mini camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (William Hauser)
New York Giants tight end Larry Donnell (84) makes a catch defended by defensive back Janoris Jenkins (20) during mini camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (William Hauser)

When the Giants began to develop former Grambling State prospect Larry Donnell to be an NFL tight end back in 2012, they had hoped that he would turn out to be another home grown star like Jake Ballard or Kevin Boss.

His career began slowly as the Giants sat him behind the likes of Martellus Bennett and Brandon Myers, two one-and-done players the club elected not to invest in long term.

In 2014, Donnell shot to the top of the depth chart, logging in a solid season with 63 receptions for 623 yards and six touchdowns. He was still very raw by many standards. He lost four fumbles and developed s habit of trying to somersault over defenders.

Tags: Larry Donnell, John Fennelly
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New York Giants quarterback Ryan Nassib throws a pass while New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning looks on during organized team activities at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants quarterback Ryan Nassib throws a pass while New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning looks on during organized team activities at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA Today Sports Images)

Training camp is just days away and readers and fans are beginning to get back into football mode. Over the past few weeks, we have gotten several questions and inquiries regarding the upcoming camp and preseason.

There's a lot of talk the Giants will part ways with several veterans this summer. Who right now is on the roster bubble?

It may be too early to tell, but from where I sit, there won't be many surprises. On offense, the main roster battles will be at running back and possibly at right tackle. With the addition of rookie Paul Perkins and free agent Bobby Rainey, Andre Williams will have to have a stellar camp to remain with the team.

Marshall Newhouse is the current starter at right tackle. His main competition will be second-year player Bobby Hart now that free agent Eugene Monroe decided to retire. The Giants say they are comfortable with Newhouse, but are not deep along the offensive line in general, so if anything, they could be adding, not subtracting, in this unit.

Tags: Bobby Hart, Damon Harrison, Devon Kennard, Eli Manning, Jason Pierre-Paul, Johnathan Hankins, Larry Donnell, Marshall Newhouse, Ryan Nassib, Will Tye, John Fennelly
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New York Giants tight end Ryan Malleck catches a pass during organized team activities at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants tight end Ryan Malleck catches a pass during organized team activities at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Giants will conduct their three-day mandatory minicamp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center beginning today through Thursday.

Teams are allowed two practices totaling 3 1/2 hours on the field per day with the second practice limited to walk through activities only. The Giants had a very high attendance percentage during their organized team activities, so this week will not reveal much as no live contact is permitted. Only 7-on-7, 9-on-7, and 11-on-11 drills are permitted.

After they break camp on Thursday, the Giants will not reconvene as a team until training camp opens on July 28.

Tags: Bobby Hart, Eli Manning, Geremy Davis, Jasper Brinkley, Landon Collins, Larry Donnell, Marshall Newhouse, Nat Berhe, Odell Beckham Jr., Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen, Victor Cruz, Will Tye, John Fennelly
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Illinois Fighting Illini tight end Matt LaCosse with the ball during the second half against the Northwestern Wildcats at Ryan Field. (Dennis Wierzbicki/USA Today Sports Images)
Illinois Fighting Illini tight end Matt LaCosse with the ball during the second half against the Northwestern Wildcats at Ryan Field. (Dennis Wierzbicki/USA Today Sports Images)

The tight end position has always been one of pride for the New York Giants throughout their history. Since George Young took over the franchise in 1979, the Giants have always sought -- and found -- superior talent at the position.

From Mark Bavaro and Zeke Mowatt to Jeremy Shockey, Kevin Boss and Jake Ballard, the Giants have gotten some memorable performances out of their tight ends over the years.

The past few seasons have been basically flat ones for the tight ends. Martellus Bennett showed some promise as a free agent signing in 2012, catching 55 passes with five touchdowns, but he left via free agency after one season. Since then, they've tried Brandon Myers, who also bolted, and Larry Donnell, the current starter.

Tags: Larry Donnell, Will Tye, John Fennelly
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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham before a game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. (Derick E. Hingle/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham before a game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. (Derick E. Hingle/USA Today Sports Images)

The Giants had a historic offseason, signing big-ticket free agents and drafting six versatile and explosive players, three of whom may help their already powerful offense become more dynamic.

GM Jerry Reese came into the offseason with a long "to-do" list to try to rebuild the Giants' league-worst defense, and they added as many as six new starters through free agency and the draft.

But what about the offense? Here's a look at what's new and different this summer.

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New Giants general manger Jerry Reese, cornerback Eli Apple, wide receiver Sterling Shepard, safety Darian Thompson, head coach Ben MaCadoo, linebacker B.J. Goodson, running back Paul Perkins and tight end Jerrell Adams during rookie minicamp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)
New Giants general manger Jerry Reese, cornerback Eli Apple, wide receiver Sterling Shepard, safety Darian Thompson, head coach Ben MaCadoo, linebacker B.J. Goodson, running back Paul Perkins and tight end Jerrell Adams during rookie minicamp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)

After rookie minicamp is in the books, the Giants are preparing to move into phase three of their offseason program and will begin organized team activities on May 27.

It will be the first time the rookies and the veterans will take the field as a team. The 10 OTA offseason workouts will be held on May 27-29, June 1-2, June 4, June 8-9 and June 11-12. No live contact is permitted, but 7-on-7, 9-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills are permitted.

Mandatory Minicamp will be held from June 16-18. Training camp begins the last week of July.

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New York Giants tight end Larry Donnell (84) catches the ball to score a touchdown over San Francisco 49ers inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman (53) at MetLife Stadium. (Jim O'Connor)
New York Giants tight end Larry Donnell (84) catches the ball to score a touchdown over San Francisco 49ers inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman (53) at MetLife Stadium. (Jim O'Connor)

Giants tight end Larry Donnell has been cleared by doctors following his neck injury, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network (March 9).

The Giants tendered a $1.67 million deal to Donnell on March 3.

Donnell, 27, played just eight games last season due to a neck injury he suffered on Nov. 1.

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 (Robert Deutsch)
(Robert Deutsch)

The Giants made an "original round" tender of $1.67 million to restricted free agent TE Larry Donnell, reports Ralph Vacchiano of the Daily News (Mar. 3).

Donnell, 27, played just eight games last season due to a neck injury he suffered on Nov. 1.

He is still not medically cleared to participate in football activities, GM Jerry Reese said last week.

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New York Giants tight end Larry Donnell in a preseason NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. (Andrew Weber/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants tight end Larry Donnell in a preseason NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. (Andrew Weber/USA Today Sports Images)

Giants TE Larry Donnell is still not medically cleared to participate in football activities, according to GM Jerry Reese.

Donnell was limited to eight games and was largely ineffective last season when healthy. The neck injury occurred in the Giants' 52-49 loss to the Saints on Nov. 1. The team thought he would recover and return, but the injury was more severe than they originally diagnosed, resulting in Donnell being placed on season-ending injured reserve on Dec. 8.

"Larry Donnell had the neck injury and he's coming back, and hopefully he'll be able to continue to play," Reese said. "We're expecting him back, but necks can be tricky, so we'll see where that goes."

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 (Trevor Ruszkowski)
(Trevor Ruszkowski)

Giants GM Jerry Reese spoke with the media on Thursday at the NFL Combine. Here's what we learned...

  • The Giants have a little bit of money and will try to spend it wisely in free agency.
  • Reese wouldn't address the future of WR Victor Cruz, simply noting that he's under contract.
  • The Giants plan to go with the best player available with their first round pick in the draft.
  • The Giants need help all over the roster, but Reese pointed out that the team has four solid running backs already on the roster.
  • Reese said it was a 'miracle' that DE Jason Pierre-Paul returned to action after his hand injury.
  • The Giants could've been 10-6 last season if things broke their way.
  • TE Larry Donnell (neck) has still not been cleared for action.
  • The Giants believe that Ereck Flowers is a left tackle.
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New York Giants long snapper Zak DeOssie (51) works out prior to the game at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement)
New York Giants long snapper Zak DeOssie (51) works out prior to the game at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement)

The Giants placed tight end Larry Donnell and long snapper Zak DeOssie on injured reserve on Tuesday, the team announced.

Donnell has been battling a neck injury, while DeOssie suffered a wrist injury

This will be the first time DeOssie will miss a game in his eight-year career.

To fill the vacancies on their roster, the Giants signed free agent long-snapper Danny Aiken and cornerback Tramain Jacobs, who was on their practice squad, the team said.

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New York Giants tight end Larry Donnell (84) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Washington Redskins in the second quarter at FedEx Field. (Geoff Burke)
New York Giants tight end Larry Donnell (84) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Washington Redskins in the second quarter at FedEx Field. (Geoff Burke)

TE Larry Donnell, LB Devon Kennard, S Brandon Meriweather, OT Marshall Newhouse, and FB Nikita Whitlock all missed practice on Thursday.

OL Weston Richburg was limited during practice.

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New York Giants tight end Larry Donnell catches the game winning touchdown in front of San Francisco 49ers inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)
New York Giants tight end Larry Donnell catches the game winning touchdown in front of San Francisco 49ers inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

Giants tight end Larry Donnell (neck) did not practice on Wednesday and will not play in this week's game against the New York Jets. Donnell last played in Week 8 at New Orleans and, although no one is saying it, he may be lost for the season.

An MRI performed on Donnell's neck last week came back positive. Positive for what was not revealed, but sources suspect he has a fracture in the neck that could put him out for the season.

"He's in the process of trying to get better," head coach Tom Coughlin said when asked about Donnell's status.

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 (AP)
(AP)

The following players will appear on the Giants Injury Report later today: 

  • Robert Ayers - Toe
  • Larry Donnell - Neck
  • Devon Kennard - Hamstring/Foot
  • Brandon Meriweather - Knee
  • Marshall Newhouse - Back
  • Jason Pierre-Paul - Hand
  • Justin Pugh - Concussion
  • Weston Richburg - Ankle

Their status will be updated after practice.

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Center Weston Richburg (ankle) has been downgraded to out and will miss Sunday's game against the Redskins.

Richburg, tight end Larry Donnell (ankle) and guard Justin Pugh (concussion) did not travel with the team to Washington.

Linebacker Mark Herzlich (quad) was upgraded from out to questionable, the team announced.

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New York Giants tight end Larry Donnell (84) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Washington Redskins in the second quarter at FedEx Field. (Geoff Burke)
New York Giants tight end Larry Donnell (84) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Washington Redskins in the second quarter at FedEx Field. (Geoff Burke)

New York Giants TE Larry Donnell's season is in doubt due to a neck injury (Raanan, Nov. 27).  

"It's going to be a while," Donnell said. "There is a chance that I could play, but this is not an arm, this is not a foot, this is my neck. So I'll take all the time that is needed to make sure that is right before I get back out there." 

Donnell, 27, was injured while making a diving catch in the first quarter of the Giants loss to the New Orleans Saints on Nov. 1. He has not appeared in a game since.

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Justin Pugh (Kevin Hoffman)
Justin Pugh (Kevin Hoffman)

TE Larry Donnell, LB Mark Herzlich, G Justin Pugh, and C Weston Richburg did not practice on Thursday.

LB J.T. Thomas was limited during practice.

CB Prince Amukamara, CB Leon McFadden, DE Damontre Moore, G Geoff Schwartz, and LB Uani 'Unga were all full participants.

 

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New York Giants tight end Larry Donnell (84) reception 1st quarter as Dallas Cowboys cornerback Byron Jones (31) defends
		at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch)
New York Giants tight end Larry Donnell (84) reception 1st quarter as Dallas Cowboys cornerback Byron Jones (31) defends at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch)

New York Giants TE Larry Donnell is likely to miss Sunday's game against Washington due to a neck injury (Vacchiano, Nov. 25).

Donnell, who was cleared to resume football activities by team doctors on Monday, underwent an MRI on Wednesday morning and the Giants medical staff determined he was unable to practice.  

"I don't know too much. I don't really want to know," Donnell said when asked by reporters on Wednesday regarding the results. "I feel fine but obviously something is wrong."

Donnell, 27, originally hurt his neck in the Giants week 8 loss to the New Orleans Saints. He has 29 receptions for 223 receiving yards and two touchdowns this season. 

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Oct 11, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; 
		New York Giants tight end Larry Donnell (84) catches the game winning touchdown in front of San Francisco 49ers inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman (53) during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports  (Robert Deutsch)
Oct 11, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants tight end Larry Donnell (84) catches the game winning touchdown in front of San Francisco 49ers inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman (53) during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

The Giants will be preparing for their six-game stretch run by getting several key contributors back from injury. CB Prince Amukamara (pec) and TE Larry Donnell (neck) are scheduled to practice in full on Wednesday.

Prince told reporters on Monday that he is "100 percent" and head coach Tom Coughlin also noted that Amukamara has received medical clearance to play, but would not put a percentage on his health. The Giants are next to last in passing defense and Amukamara's return can only help the besieged secondary.

"I think he can add a lot," Coughlin said when asked what Prince can bring to the defense. "He's a good player and he's demonstrated that over the years. He'll hang in there, he's done a nice job of that. Everybody gets beat on a route once in a while, but he hangs in there and he keeps battling away. He has a strong physical presence, so I think there's no doubt he'll add tremendously."

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The Giants offered tight end Larry Donnell an exclusive-rights free-agent tender (The Score, March 4).

This is a non-guarantee deal for one year in which other teams cannot pursue Donnell. An ERFA tender is for the league's minimum salary, and it is often used on undrafted free agents -?Donnell went undrafted in 2011.

The TE posted 63 receptions for 632 yards last season for the Giants and expects to see a larger role next season following his breakout 2014 campaign.

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Who the Giants' tight end would be was a huge unanswered question during training camp and throughout the preseason. After two games, the answer is becoming clear: Larry Donnell is emerging as a major factor in the Giants' passing game.

Donnell (6 foot 6, 265 pounds), from Grambling, has been banging around the Giants facilities since he was signed as a UDFA in 2012. Last season, Donnell (pronounced don-NELL) was active for all 16 games, but only started one.

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