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It's gotten lost in Daniel Jones Mania, but Eli Manning is having a pretty good summer, too.

The veteran starter - who is still the Giants starter - has been solid during the preseason so far in the three series that he's played. This time, in a 25-23 win in Cincinnati, Manning had a deceptive performance, going 4-for-8 for 41 yards. But two of those incompletions were drops by receiver Cody Latimer, including one in the end zone that forced the Giants to settle for a field goal on Manning's lone drive.

Manning is now 9-of-13 for 86 yards, a touchdown, and no interceptions. It's a small sample size, obviously, but good for a passer rating of 113.0.

Tags: Cody Latimer, Eli Manning, Janoris Jenkins, Sterling Shepard, Wayne Gallman, Will Hernandez, Ralph Vacchiano
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Maybe Baker Mayfield really was surprised when the Giants drafted Daniel Jones sixth overall. But nobody should be shocked anymore.

The 22-year-old rookie quarterback continued his stellar preseason by putting on another show in the Giants' third preseason game in Cincinnati on Thursday night. He completed 9-of-11 passes for 141 yards, playing the final 20 minutes of the first half.

Through three games, he's 25-of-30 (83.3 percent) for 369 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. That's a passer rating of 140.1.

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Aug 16, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) throws the ball during the first half against the Chicago Bears at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Aug 16, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) throws the ball during the first half against the Chicago Bears at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

The third preseason game used to be the big test for the starters. But that's just not the way it is anymore. Even Pat Shurmur, who believes the preseason still has value, doesn't expect to play his starters very long in Cincinnati tonight.

He said he expects things to go much like they did the first two games. That means no Saquon Barkley. No Sterling Shepard. Eli Manning will get a series, maybe two, and the starting offensive line will get that, plus maybe another series with rookie quarterback Daniel Jones. Then Jones will go until halftime.

In the second half … well, make sure to have your roster handy. You'll need it.

Tags: Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Ralph Vacchiano
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Aug 17, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) walks to the tunnel before the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports (Trevor Ruszkowski)
Aug 17, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) walks to the tunnel before the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports (Trevor Ruszkowski)

Odell Beckham Jr. had more criticism for his former team when he let loose in an interview published Tuesday by Sports Illustrated.

The in-depth piece by Ben Baskin shared more of Beckham's frustrations with the trade that sent him from the Giants to the Browns.

Beckham told SI that New York had better trade offers but shipped the star wide receiver "to die" in Cleveland.

Tags: Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns, Daniel Jones, Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Wayne Gallman, Zak DeOssie
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Daniel Jones on Baker's comments 00:00:56
Giants QB Daniel Jones reacts to critical comments by Browns QB Baker Mayfield, saying "everyone has a different way of doing things."

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Welcome to your new world, Daniel Jones. Get used to it.

Baker Mayfield may have been wildly out of line when he ripped the Giants for making Jones the sixth overall pick in the draft, but the truth is he's just the latest in a very long line of Daniel Jones critics. Giants fans seemed horrified by the pick. Many in the media crushed it.

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Jun 4, 2019; Berea, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) runs a drill during minicamp at the Cleveland Browns training facility. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
		
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Jun 4, 2019; Berea, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) runs a drill during minicamp at the Cleveland Browns training facility. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

If you thought Odell Beckham Jr. was done going off about the Giants, you were wrong.

The same day comments emerged from Beckham's teammate Baker Mayfield where he took a shot at Giants QB Daniel Jones, Beckham was quoted in a wide-ranging piece on the Browns for Sports Illustrated where he claimed the Giants had better trade offers but sent him to the Browns "to die."

"This wasn't no business move," Beckham said. "This was personal. They thought they'd send me here to die."

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Aug 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur coaching against the New York Jets during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports  (Dennis Schneidler)
Aug 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur coaching against the New York Jets during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Chicago Bears didn't play a single starter against the Giants on Friday night and Mitch Trubisky and Khalil Mack probably won't play this preseason at all. It's the same in L.A., with Jared Goff and Todd Gurley. Saquon Barkley probably won't play this summer either, and Le'Veon Bell has already been ruled out.

A decade ago - less, even - such a mass sit-out would have been unthinkable in the preseason. Players played in increasing amounts in at least the first three games. Coaches felt they had to, in order to get ready for the regular season.

So what happened?

Tags: Avery Williamson, Eli Manning, Le'Veon Bell, Neville Hewitt, Saquon Barkley, Ralph Vacchiano
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Aug 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) warms up before the preseason game between The New York Giants and The New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)
Aug 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) warms up before the preseason game between The New York Giants and The New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)

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Daniel Jones was impressive again, for the second time in two preseason games, so of course Pat Shurmur got the question again: With the way Jones is playing, is there any way he could compete to take Eli Manning's job by Opening Day?

Then came Shurmur's familiar dance, where he says "No" without actually saying "No," and closes the door while making it look like it's still open. This time he even made it seem like it wasn't his decision, as he deferred to John Mara. He even added, for good measure "I just get a sense once in a while that when I answer those questions nobody believes me."

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Jones on his second game 00:01:20
New York Giants rookie quarterback Daniel Jones discusses his miscues and how he'll learn from them after playing the Chicago Bears.

Both Giants quarterbacks had strong first-half performances on Friday night against the Bears.

Eli Manning got things started, systematically moving the first-team offense down the field on a touchdown drive. Manning was 4-4 for 42 yards on the drive, capping it with an eight-yard touchdown pass to Bennie Fowler to put the Giants up 7-0.

That would be Manning's only drive of the night.

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Aug 16, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) throws the ball during the first half against the Chicago Bears at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Aug 16, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) throws the ball during the first half against the Chicago Bears at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - When the Giants scouted Daniel Jones they were convinced he had a little Eli Manning in him. They saw that same calm, even-keeled personality that Manning has - the ability to appear unflappable when things start to go wrong.

On Friday, Jones showed them they were right.

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Jul 25, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) talks with the media before the first day of training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Jul 25, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) talks with the media before the first day of training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Giants co-owner John Mara got straight to the point Tuesday after practice when asked about the quarterback situation between veteran Eli Manning and rookie Daniel Jones, saying he hopes "Eli has a great year and Daniel never sees the field."

His sentiments trickled into Wednesday's post-practice availability, where Jones faced the inevitable question.

What did he think about Mara's comments?

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Giants CEO hopes Eli hangs on 00:01:00
New York Giants President and CEO John Mara was asked about his QBS and said, "I hope Eli has a great year and Daniel never sees the field."

After Daniel Jones impressed many with his perfect touchdown drive in his first NFL series last Thursday, the hype surrounding the No. 6 overall pick reached an all-time high. The critics and naysayers took a backseat to those jumping on the bandwagon of Jones being Eli Manning's successor.

Now fans really want to see what Jones can do in a real game after seeing a glimpse of what he can do. But, for Giants co-owner John Mara, that day hopefully won't come this season. 

He wants to see Eli Manning on the field at all times. And Jones on the bench.

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Aug 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) warms up before the preseason game between The New York Giants and The New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)
Aug 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) warms up before the preseason game between The New York Giants and The New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)

Eli Manning still has the support of Phil Simms

Regardless of what Giants brass and head coach Pat Shurmur says about there not being a quarterback competition between Manning and rookie Daniel Jones this summer, it'll still be a topic of discussion leading up to the regular season. 

Observers of the G-men are picking their sides between the two QBs and among those doing so is one of the team's former quarterbacks in Simms.

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Daniel Jones makes statement 00:01:04
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano makes it clear that the impressive debut of Daniel Jones could start a QB controversy for the Giants.

Daniel Jones may have dazzled in his Giants preseason debut, but head coach Pat Shurmur is not ready to give any credence to an open quarterback competition. 

"We're not going to play the what-ifs," Shurmur said Friday on a conference call. I would say this: Nothing has changed. This is the first game and I expect Daniel to play well, go out and improve and for the people that don't know him, impress them. 

"We expect that from him, we expect that from Eli [Manning], we expect that from everybody. Expectations have not changed."

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Daniel Jones makes statement 00:01:04
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano makes it clear that the impressive debut of Daniel Jones could start a QB controversy for the Giants.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - New York has fallen out of love with Eli Manning over the last few years, through all the losing and the pounding he's taken from his critics. The only thing that's saved him from a full-blown Quarterback Controversy is the lack of a viable alternative on the Giants' roster.

But that's all changed now.

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Aug 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) celebrates after throwing a touchdowns pass with defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence (97) and offensive guard Will Hernandez (71) during the first half against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Aug 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) celebrates after throwing a touchdowns pass with defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence (97) and offensive guard Will Hernandez (71) during the first half against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Daniel Jones entered his first NFL game on Thursday night to a smattering of cheers - a welcomed change from the reception he's gotten since the Giants announced him as the sixth overall pick in the NFL Draft.

And after the way he played in his debut, he might not have to worry about being booed anymore.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Daniel Jones entered his first NFL game on Thursday night to a smattering of cheers - a welcomed change from the reception he's gotten since the Giants announced him as the sixth overall pick in the NFL Draft.

And after the way he played in his debut, he might not have to worry about being booed anymore.

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Evaluating Jones' performance 00:00:45
Daniel Jones had a good showing in his first preseason game. Pat Shurmur was content with the rookie QB.

The spotlight was set on Daniel Jones as he stepped on the MetLife Stadium turf for the first time in his Giants uniform. Everyone wanted to see how the No. 6 overall pick, one that was criticized by the lots, would react to the big stage in his inaugural snaps in the NFL.

He was perfect -- literally. 

Thanks to a weather delay, Jones only lasted one drive for the Giants, but he didn't disappoint. He was a perfect 5-for-5 for 67 yards, and it was capped off by an absolute strike to Bennie Fowler in the right side of the end zone for his first career touchdown. 

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Aug 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) warms up before the preseason game between The New York Giants and The New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)
Aug 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) warms up before the preseason game between The New York Giants and The New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)

With all eyes on Daniel Jones, the Giants' rookie quarterback shined during his first preseason drive as a member of Big Blue.

Jones' night began on the Giants' second offensive possession. After Eli Manning led an uninspiring three-and-out drive, Jones took the field with the rest of the first-team offense, or least the way the first-team offense was comprised on Thursday.

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May 29, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterbacks Alex Tanney (3) and Kyle Lauletta (17) throw the ball back and forth during Organized Team Activities. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/Northjersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)
May 29, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterbacks Alex Tanney (3) and Kyle Lauletta (17) throw the ball back and forth during Organized Team Activities. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/Northjersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)

Everyone's talking about the New York Giants' quarterback controversy. Featuring a trusty veteran and an upstart draft pick, preseason reps may be the best way to figure out who makes the team, and who is let go.

Oh, you thought we were talking about Eli Manning and Daniel Jones? Nope.

The real quarterback competition on the Giants is the one that nobody is talking about -- Alex Tanney vs. Kyle Lauletta. The two quarterbacks are dueling for one spot on the roster as the third-string QB, but that doesn't mean the battle doesn't have high stakes.

Losing either quarterback would involve reneging on a team investment. Of course, most fans know that Lauletta was a fourth-round draft pick just last year, and at one point, the heir apparent to Manning. He even saw a small sample of game action last year, a rarity for a rookie QB on the Giants.

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How will Jones perform vs. Jets? 00:00:44
New York Giants QB Daniel Jones will make his debut against the Jets in their 1st preseason game. The Thread hopes he comes out slinging.

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Some may call it arrogance, but Dave Gettleman definitely has had a quiet confidence about the Giants team he's built for this season. His critics say he did more to tear things down. He believes he's built the foundation back up.

There's a long way to go before anyone knows who's right, but the Giants will take the first steps over the next four weeks in the preseason, which opens for them against the Jets on Thursday night. Here's a look at what Gettleman and everyone else will be watching for, as they search for signs of just how good (or not) this Giants team can be:

1. How ready is QB Daniel Jones?

The plan is for the Giants to ride Eli Manning this season, far enough that Jones never has to see the field. But plans can change, and quarterback controversies have a funny way of just happening. Whether one does, depends a lot on the ability of Jones.

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May 20, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning answers questions from media during organized team activities at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 20, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning answers questions from media during organized team activities at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

During Tuesday's episode of First Take on ESPN, former Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark expressed his thoughts on Tom Brady's contract history.

"Tom Brady should have been the top-paid quarterback in this league for over a decade," Clark said. "Tom Brady should have made more money throughout his career than any other quarterback that's playing this game... But the fact that Eli Manning has made so much more money than Tom Brady, it legitimately makes me sick."

The 42-year-old Brady recently signed a two-year extension with the New England Patriots worth $70 million through the 2021 season. He will become the NFL's sixth-highest-paid quarterback this season at $23 million.

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Sterling Shepard
Sterling Shepard

Sterling Shepard's yellow non-contact jersey in practice has not necessarily stopped the wide receiver from taking a few hits, but he's ready to get rid of it any way. 

The 26-year-old, who broke the tip of his thumb the first day of training camp, said on Tuesday that he is hoping to be a full participant in practice soon. 

"I'm getting to the edge of that. It's time to take it off," Shepard said of his yellow pinnie. "It's for precautionary reasons, and I'm going with what the trainers want. The ultimate goal is to get to that first (regular-season) game, for sure."

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Giants ready for preseason game 00:01:02
Daniel Jones and Dexter Lawrence are excited for this first preseason game against the Jets. Fans will see plenty of Jones Thursday.

The Giants' preseason opener against the Jets on Thursday could feature a healthy dose of Daniel Jones. 

The No. 6 overall pick from Duke will play in the game, according to head coach Pat Shurmur, and could even start as Shurmur said his quarterback plan and decision to play Eli Manning will "reveal itself."

Regardless of whether or not Manning plays, all eyes will be on Jones as it will be the first real look fans will see of Manning's eventual successor. 

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May 3, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman during rookie minicamp at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 3, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman during rookie minicamp at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Dave Gettleman is well aware of how many fans and players feel about him. The Giants GM has made a string of curious decisions since taking over the job at the end of the 2017 season that has opened him up as a punching bag for fans and media alike. 

"People make fun of me," Gettleman told Jonathan Jones of Sports Illustrated. "If it makes them happy, let them have it. I don't care. I just know I'm blessed. I've got the Lord and my family and I've got football."

Gettleman explained some of those decisions, or at least the philosophy behind his decision-making, in a lengthy SI profile of the Giants GM. Here are some of the topics he addressed:

 

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Daniel Jones respected by NFL 00:00:45
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano reports that Giants rookie QB Daniel Jones has a lot of fans within NFL circles, despite outside criticism.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - There were boos on draft night when the Giants picked Daniel Jones sixth overall, and he was booed when he threw out the first pitch at Yankee Stadium a few weeks later. He was considered a reach pick by many, a symbol of a desperate, lost franchise, and proof that their embattled general manager didn't have a clue.

All that, though, was coming from outside of the NFL.

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Daniel Jones talks rookie tasks 00:01:28
Giants rookie QB Daniel Jones talks about the speed of the game, and being a rookie in camp, which involves sunflower seeds and singing.

Though Wednesday's training camp was closed to the general public, Giants head coach Pat Shurmur and QB Daniel Jones took to the podium.

Here are some of their noteworthy insights:

Shurmur on Corey Ballentine's progress

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Jul 25, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants free safety Jabrill Peppers (21) reacts during the first day of training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Jul 25, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants free safety Jabrill Peppers (21) reacts during the first day of training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

With injuries and a suspension sidelining the Giants' top three receivers, the team is desperate for any wideout help it can get. However, the team's latest volunteer to catch Eli Manning's passes is definitely an unexpected source.

Newly acquired safety Jabrill Peppers proved after practice Tuesday that when he says he wants to help the team however possible, he really means it.

"I think I could do whatever I put my mind to," Peppers told NJ Advance Media.

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Oct 22, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Giants linebacker Lorenzo Carter (59) celebrates after a sack against the Atlanta Falcons in the first quarter at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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Oct 22, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Giants linebacker Lorenzo Carter (59) celebrates after a sack against the Atlanta Falcons in the first quarter at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

The start to Giants training camp has been largely focused on the offense. Between the Eli Manning-Daniel Jones saga, the human highlight reel that is Saquon Barkley, and the multitude of injuries to the team's receiving corps, there are enough storylines there to keep the spotlight on that side of the ball.

However, the team's biggest training camp star plays defense. Second-year linebacker Lorenzo Carter entered the season with massive expectations on a team desperate for a pass rush, and his play has caught the eye of his peers and his coaches.

On the first day of camp, Carter blew up consecutive plays, first tackling Golden Tate behind the line of scrimmage on a reverse play, and then crashing the hole hard on a blitz before intercepting a screen pass intended for Barkley. Carter returned the interception for a touchdown, and although his teammates were quick to praise him, Carter was his typical humble self when asked about his big play.

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Giants GM reacts to Odell 00:00:31
Giants GM Dave Gettleman doesn't want to talk about Odell Beckham Jr anymore, but has his own ideas of what the "brand" of the team is.

On Day 2 of Giants' training camp, GM Dave Gettleman addressed the media on the state of the team as they prepare for the 2019 season. 

Here are the takeaways:

Any QB change is Pat Shurmur's decision

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning reacts during the first quarter against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning reacts during the first quarter against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Former Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. made a wide range of comments about his former team recently, mostly aimed at General Manager Dave Gettleman

Included in the group of topics was Beckham taking credit for getting the Giants on prime-time games during his tenure with the team and keeping "the brand alive." Beckham has since said he was done talking about the G-men. 

But Eli Manning never got a chance to chime in, and the quarterback finally has. The 16-year vet brushed off the comments, but also subtly said there's proof of otherwise. 

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New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard against the Philadelphia Eagles during the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard against the Philadelphia Eagles during the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants receiver Sterling Shepard said earlier this week that he was looking forward to taking the next step in the Giants' offense.

Those plans will have to go on hold for the moment, though, as the team announced on Thursday that Shepard fractured his thumb.

The fourth-year pro will be evaluated on a week-to-week basis, according to the Giants. Sources have told SNY's Ralph Vacchiano that the team is hopeful Shepard will be ready by Week 1, though he'll likely miss the entire preseason.

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Manning talks Daniel Jones 00:01:48
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning discusses the progress of rookie signal caller Daniel Jones during the first day of training camp.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Eli Manning reported for his 16th Giants training camp on Wednesday, sounding a little more reflective than he ever has before. He understands his situation, that he's 38 and in the final year of his contract, with a first-round rookie quarterback suddenly on his heels.

So yes, he knows this could be his last Giants training camp.

But don't be surprised if he's still here next year, too.

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Sterling Shepard
Sterling Shepard

For the past three seasons, Sterling Shepard has come into training camp knowing that Odell Beckham Jr. was going to be next to him in the receivers room. The two were great friends, working out together in the offseason on the West Coast and spending time together off the field during the season as well. 

But that all changed when No. 87 walked into the doors in East Rutherford on Wednesday. 

Beckham has been traded to the Browns, and now Shepard is the longest-tenured Giant in that receivers room. In turn, the Giants are certainly going to be putting more pressure on Shepard to step up in the absence of their No. 1 receiver. 

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Manning talks Daniel Jones 00:01:48
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning discusses the progress of rookie signal caller Daniel Jones during the first day of training camp.

When Pat Shurmur was hired as the Giants' new head coach last season, he was widely called a "quarterback guru" -- someone who knows how to mold a quarterback to be successful in today's NFL. 

For example, it was evident during his time in Minnesota when Case Keenum led the Vikings to an AFC title game. And though many believed he would have his own quarterback to groom in last year's quarterback-heavy draft, Saquon Barkley was the move by GM Dave Gettleman instead. 

Fast forward one year and Shurmur finally has his quarterback to groom in Daniel Jones

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Odell Beckham Jr. bashes Giants 00:01:21
Former New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. sounds off on the Giants again in a recent interview with GQ Magazine.

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This wasn't the first time Odell Beckham Jr. criticized the Giants or their general manager, and it surely won't be the last. By now, everyone knows how he feels. He's made it clear. He "wasn't happy" with the Giants, felt "disrespected," and had already decided, "I just can't do this anymore."

He also just couldn't believe how the Giants treated someone as important as him.

It's old news by now, really. But every time he speaks, every time he says publicly how miserable life with the Giants was, and how he was misused, it's easy to picture Dave Gettleman leaning back in his chair, putting his feet up on his desk, and smiling a knowing smile.

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Sep 9, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) celebrates his touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars with offensive tackle Nate Solder (76) and wide receiver Sterling Shepard (87) during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. The touchdown was the first of his NFL career. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 9, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) celebrates his touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars with offensive tackle Nate Solder (76) and wide receiver Sterling Shepard (87) during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. The touchdown was the first of his NFL career. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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There are some who decided the Giants' 2019 season would be a disaster the moment they decided to bring Eli Manning back for one more year. Others became convinced they were tanking the moment they made quarterback Daniel Jones the sixth overall pick in the draft.

The truth, though, is nobody knows what the Giants really are and what will happen in 2019 until the games start for real -- and that's still about three months away.

But it's never too early to make some crazy guesses. So here are five bold predictions for what to expect from the Giants this year.

Tags: Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Ralph Vacchiano
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The Madden NFL franchise released all of their indiviual and team ratings on Monday, and though it was already known, Giants rookie QB Daniel Jones finished very low on the list. 

Jones had an abysmal grade of 63, which is the lowest grade among rookie quarterbacks. Even undrafted free agent QB Tyree Jackson has a 64 rating for the Bills to start the year. 

So does that make Jones the worst rookie quarterback in Madden history? 

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Dec 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) reacts during the third quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) reacts during the third quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Football fans look forward to the release of each year's installment of the Madden NFL franchise, but Giants fans may want to play with a different team in this year's game.

The Madden NFL 20 player and team ratings were released on Monday, and the Giants have the lowest team rating in the NFC at 77. That's the second-lowest rating only in front of the Dolphins (74). Their NFC East rivals in the Eagles and Cowboys are rated much higher at 89 and 88 respectively.

The Giants' gem on their roster is RB Saquon Barkley, who led the Giants with a 91 overall (and was ranked the fifth-best running back in the game). Other than that, the ratings weren't too kind to the Giants.

Tags: Aldrick Rosas, Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Kyle Lauletta, Odell Beckham Jr., Saquon Barkley, Zak DeOssie
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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning looks to pass against Dallas Cowboys defensive end Dorance Armstrong during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning looks to pass against Dallas Cowboys defensive end Dorance Armstrong during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

The Giants made some big changes heading into the 2019 season -- the obvious being the departure of stars like Odell Beckham Jr., Landon Collins, and Olivier Vernon. But despite those losses, the Giants are confident that their change will be for the better starting this year. 

Will it be enough to fight for an NFC East division title?

Many know how tough the NFC East can be, with no team winning the division in back-to-back seasons since the Eagles won four straight from 2001-2004. The Cowboys were the winners last season at 10-6, but can they repeat? 

Let's see where the Giants sit on the list heading into training camp in a couple weeks...

Tags: Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Lorenzo Carter, Nate Solder, Odell Beckham Jr., Saquon Barkley, Will Hernandez, Scott Thompson
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New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley celebrates his touchdown with quarterback Eli Manning during the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley celebrates his touchdown with quarterback Eli Manning during the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

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Giants GM Dave Gettleman believes his culture overhaul of the Giants' locker room will result in more wins. Coach Pat Shurmur believes Eli Manning has just enough left in his right arm to make his team a contender. Defensive coordinator James Bettcher believes he can piece together enough of a pass rush to help the Giants make a run, too.

They are, if nothing else, dreamers. They believe in the potential of their team. But are they realistic or are they delusional about the roster they've created?

Here's a way-too-early look at how the Giants' 2019 season just might go…

Tags: Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Landon Collins, Olivier Vernon, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Ralph Vacchiano
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The Giants let a lot of big-name, big-talent players go this offseason. In fact, Odell Beckham Jr., Landon Collins and Olivier Vernon were easily three of the most important players the Giants had.

How will they survive without them? The answer to that will be provided by the performances of several key players this season.

So here's a look at the Giants' 10 most important players for 2019:

Tags: Alec Ogletree, Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Landon Collins, Nate Solder, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Ralph Vacchiano
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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)

The late Jared Lorenzen had a much bigger impact on the Giants than one might have thought. 

Despite attempting just eight passes in his career, Lorenzen played a significant role in arguably the greatest play in Giants' history. 

In Super Bowl XLII against the undefeated Patriots, Eli Manning escaped the grasp of the Patriots' pass rush to find David Tyree down field for the famous Helmet Catch, but Manning may not have been able to make that escape if not for Lorenzen. 

 

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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)

Former Giants QB Jared Lorenzen has unfortunately lost his battle with health issues, as the family announced his passing on Wednesday at age 38. 

Lorenzen was admitted to the hospital last Friday with an infection as well as dealing with kidney and heart issues. He was battling them while in an intensive care unit, but he couldn't prevail. 

Kentucky Sports Radio's Matt Jones released a statement from Lorenzen's family...

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May 20, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning answers questions from media during organized team activities at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 20, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning answers questions from media during organized team activities at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

You don't have to remind Eli Manning how old he is. Entering his 16th year in the NFL this season, the veteran signal caller is well aware of how young his teammates are compared to his 38-year-old self. 

He's reminded of it when he enters the quarterbacks room at the team facility in East Rutherford, when sixth overall pick Daniel Jones is sitting right there awaiting his turn to take over the Giants (or so the team hopes). 

That transition isn't expected to happen this season. The Giants are entrusting Manning to lead the way on offense yet again, and he's fully prepared to do so. Because on and off the field around his teammates, Manning does feel young again...

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning reacts after throwing a interception to Indianapolis Colts free safety Malik Hooker during the second half at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Mykal McEldowney/IndyStar via USA TODAY NETWORK)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning reacts after throwing a interception to Indianapolis Colts free safety Malik Hooker during the second half at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Mykal McEldowney/IndyStar via USA TODAY NETWORK)

No matter how much money ESPN offered Peyton Manning to do "Monday Night Football," nothing was going to outweigh the price of brotherly love. 

According to Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports, two sources close to Manning revealed that the future Hall of Fame quarterback declined a lucrative deal in April to join the "Monday Night Football" booth this season largely because he did not want to analyze Eli Manning

Peyton was offered the opportunity to join the booth in April, but the Giants are scheduled to appear on "Monday Night Football" twice this season and Eli's decline over the last few years has been a focal point of the team. That should be amplified even greater this season with sixth overall pick Daniel Jones waiting in the wings. 

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New York Giants rookie quarterback Daniel Jones watches Eli Manning during organized team activities at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants rookie quarterback Daniel Jones watches Eli Manning during organized team activities at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

If Pat Shurmur is leaving the door open for a quarterback competition, Eli Manning isn't buying it. 

The Giants quarterback told NFL Network's Rhett Lewis in an interview that will air Friday night that he does not think there is a quarterback competition between himself and first-round pick Daniel Jones. 

"I mean no, I don't feel like it's a competition," he said at the Manning Passing Academy. "I feel like I've got to do my job and I've got to compete every day and try to get better every day. That's the way it's been my whole life and that's just the way I've always approached practice every day to improve, to earn my place on the team, to earn the respect of the teammates and do it each year."

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Nov 12, 2018; Santa Clara, CA, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) prepares to take the snap against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Nov 12, 2018; Santa Clara, CA, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) prepares to take the snap against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

Eli Manning is undoubtedly a glass half-full kind of guy. 

The Giants quarterback expressed optimism that the offense can be better in 2019 than it was last season, despite the team's decision to trade away Odell Beckham Jr. to the Browns. 

"I think we can be productive and score more points and be a better offense," Manning told NFL Network this weekend. 

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New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold unsnaps his helmet as he heads to the bench during the second half against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. (Winslow Townson/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold unsnaps his helmet as he heads to the bench during the second half against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. (Winslow Townson/USA TODAY Sports)

After the Jets spent big money this summer, making splashes with the additions of Le'Veon Bell, C.J. Mosley, Jamison Crowder and Quinnen Williams, there has been a renewed buzz around Florham Park.

Meanwhile, their stadium-mates, the Giants, continued their roster revamp in controversial fashion - they said goodbye to stars Odell Beckham Jr. and Landon Collins, drafted a quarterback sixth overall and turned the keys over to an extremely young defense.

While the Giants are still rebuilding, the Jets are going all-in with a young quarterback, a budding defense and a new coach.

Tags: Eli Manning, Landon Collins, Le'Veon Bell, Marcus Maye, Odell Beckham Jr., Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard
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New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Washington Redskins in the second quarter at FedEx Field. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Washington Redskins in the second quarter at FedEx Field. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)

After the Jets spent big money this summer, making splashes with the additions of Le'Veon Bell, C.J. Mosley, Jamison Crowder and Quinnen Williams, there has been a renewed buzz around Florham Park.

Meanwhile, their stadium-mates, the Giants, continued their roster revamp in controversial fashion - they said goodbye to stars Odell Beckham Jr. and Landon Collins, drafted a quarterback sixth overall and turned the keys over to an extremely young defense.

While the Giants are still rebuilding, the Jets are going all-in with a young quarterback, a budding defense and a new coach.

Tags: Eli Manning, Landon Collins, Le'Veon Bell, Marcus Maye, Odell Beckham Jr., Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard
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