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Now that the Giants have finally conceded they really are rebuilding, new head coach Joe Judge faces what John Mara called "a daunting task." And that's not just because he's a 38-year-old, first-time head coach, either.

It's because the Giants went 9-23 over the last two years and could look very different by the time they hit the field for the start of next season. They do have a few good, young pieces to build around, but the reality is they still have plenty of holes.

To fill them, both Judge and GM Dave Gettleman swear it'll be a "collaborative" effort -- that they'll work together, and that their philosophy on how to build an "old school" team is already perfectly aligned. That remains to be seen, of course. But in case they need any help in getting started, here's a blueprint for them to quickly make the Giants a contender again:

Tags: Alec Ogletree, B.J. Hill, Dalvin Tomlinson, Dexter Lawrence, Kevin Zeitler, Leonard Williams, Markus Golden, Nate Solder, Ryan Connelly, Will Hernandez, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

While the Giants have room to improve in most places, Pro Football Focus considered their offensive line near the middle of the pack in 2019. 

PFF released their end of season rankings of every offensive line in the NFL. The Giants clocked in at No. 17 overall via the analytics outlet. 

That grade was actually a higher mark than four playoff teams from this season. Those include Seattle Seahawks (27th), Buffalo Bills (21st), Houston Texans (20th) and Minnesota Vikings (19th).

Tags: Jon Halapio, Kevin Zeitler, Mike Remmers, Nate Solder, Will Hernandez
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Alabama WR Jerry Jeudy (Butch Dill)
Alabama WR Jerry Jeudy (Butch Dill)

By winning a few games at the end of the season, the Giants almost certainly cost themselves a chance at drafting game-changing edge-rusher Chase Young.

But Big Blue is still in good position at No. 4 in the NFL Draft and should be able to come away with a cornerstone player.

Here's how the latest mocks see things shaking out...

Tags: Darius Slayton, Golden Tate, Jon Halapio, Nate Solder, Sterling Shepard, Will Hernandez, Danny Abriano
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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)

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Dave Gettleman and Pat Shurmur essentially arrived together two years ago to help rebuild the Giants. But only one of them is getting a chance to see that rebuilding project through.

While Shurmur was fired by the Giants on Monday morning, Gettleman will not suffer the same fate. Despite rampant speculation that he would be fired or step down, the 68-year-old general manager will remain in his position, the Giants announced, and as SNY reported on Sunday.

"Dave Gettleman is our general manager in 2020 and hopefully for many years after that," Giants co-owner John Mara said in a statement. "We believe he is the right person to lead us going forward."

Tags: Daniel Jones, Leonard Williams, Nate Solder, Odell Beckham Jr., Saquon Barkley, Ralph Vacchiano
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Dec 9, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants offensive tackle Nate Solder (76) blocks against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
Dec 9, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants offensive tackle Nate Solder (76) blocks against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

As the Giants limp to the finish line in 2019, it's a time for players to self-evaluate. 

One of those players is offensive lineman Nate Solder, who told The Post that he is "first on the list" of Giants who need to perform better.

He was even open to the idea of changing positions, saying that he'd "do whatever it takes to be successful on this team."

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Dave Gettleman
Dave Gettleman

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Giants had never really fired a general manager before Dec. 4, 2017, when Jerry Reese was told to clean out his office. The closest they came was in 1978, when Andy Robustelli left on his own, saving the Maras from pushing him out the door.

From 1979 through 2017, the Giants had three general managers with an average tenure of 13 seasons.

There's a reason for that kind of front office stability -- a very good reason. And no matter how frustrated John Mara and Steve Tisch may be with the last two miserable seasons, they shouldn't ignore that and change their philosophy with Dave Gettleman now.

Tags: Alec Ogletree, Daniel Jones, DeAndre Baker, Dexter Lawrence, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Julian Love, Nate Solder, Saquon Barkley, Will Hernandez, Ralph Vacchiano
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Dec 1, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; 
		New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) calls a play against the Packers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)
Dec 1, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) calls a play against the Packers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

Daniel Jones was seen at Giants practice on Friday without a boot on his foot, showing progress regarding his sprained ankle, but the rookie quarterback did not practice and is unlikely to play against the Eagles on Monday night.

Veteran QB Eli Manning is expected get the start against Philadelphia in his place, as the Giants look to halt an eight-game skid.

With Jones' ankle already improving and him no longer in need of a protective boot, the idea of Jones returning to the field again this season is certainly trending upward.

Tags: Corey Ballentine, Daniel Jones, Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Golden Tate, Jabril Peppers, Nate Solder, Rhett Ellison
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Saquon Barkley put a ridiculous spin move on Bears cornerback Prince Amukamara in the second quarter, and then nearly spun out of another tackle on the same play. It was a violent move that sure seemed to prove he wasn't still bothered by his ankle injury.

So if that's not it: What in the world is wrong with Saquon Barkley?

That question has to be asked after he had another low-impact performance in the Giants' ugly, 19-14 loss in Chicago. He gained just 59 yards on 17 carries - 22 of which came on one fourth quarter run. Coupled with his disaster against the Jets (13 carries, one yard) he now has just 60 rushing yards on 30 carries in the last two games.

Tags: Aldrick Rosas, Alec Ogletree, Daniel Jones, Julian Love, Leonard Williams, Nate Solder, Prince Amukamara, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Zak DeOssie, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

As expected, Sterling Shepard, Janoris Jenkins and Nate Solder have been cleared from the concussion protocol and will play this Sunday against the Bears, the Giants announced on Friday.

Shepard hasn't played since Week 5 and also missed the Giants' game during Week 2 after suffering his first concussion during Week 1. Shepard initially thought he would be OK to return against the Cowboys after his second concussion, but reported concussion like symptoms two days prior to the Week 9 matchup and remained out.

Jenkins and Solder both exited the Week 10 matchup with the Jets with concussions, but luckily the Giants had a bye week afterwards, so the duo will not miss a single game.

Tags: Evan Engram, Janoris Jenkins, Jon Halapio, Mike Remmers, Nate Solder, Rhett Ellison, Sterling Shepard
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Evan Engram
Evan Engram

The Giants announced Friday morning that they'll be without the top two tight ends on their depth chart this Sunday against the Bears, as Evan Engram and Rhett Ellison have both officially been listed as out.

Additionally, Janoris Jenkins, Nate Solder and Sterling Shepard have yet to be cleared from the concussion protocol, and will be evaluated later today for a final decision. However, Pat Shurmur expects all three to be cleared and ready to go for Sunday.

Engram will continue to nurse the mid-foot sprain he suffered back in Week 9, as Ellison moves on in his recovery from a concussion.

Tags: Daniel Jones, Darius Slayton, Evan Engram, Janoris Jenkins, Nate Solder, Rhett Ellison, Saquon Barkley
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Oct 7, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; New York Giants offensive tackle Nate Solder (76) during the second half at against the Carolina Panthers Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Dedmon)
Oct 7, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; New York Giants offensive tackle Nate Solder (76) during the second half at against the Carolina Panthers Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Dedmon)

Giants OT Nate Solder was a full participant in practice on Thursday, as he could be nearing a return from the concussion protocol.

Solder suffered a concussion during the team's Week 10 game against the Jets. He limped off the field and went into the medical tent on the sideline during the second quarter, while lineman Eric Smith made his NFL debut as Solder's replacement for the remainder of the game.

Solder was limited in participation in practice on Wednesday, and after fully practicing on Thursday, it's likely he'll be cleared from the concussion protocol on Friday. Thus, allowing him to play on Sunday when the Giants travel to play the Chicago Bears.

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Sep 23, 2018; Glendale, AZ, USA; Chicago Bears linebacker Khalil Mack (52) and Chicago Bears linebacker Leonard Floyd (94) against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)
Sep 23, 2018; Glendale, AZ, USA; Chicago Bears linebacker Khalil Mack (52) and Chicago Bears linebacker Leonard Floyd (94) against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)

Coming off the bye week, the Giants will be traveling to Chicago to face the Bears, a team that has lost five of its last six contests. But most of the struggles with this squad is due to its offense sputtering. 

Their defense is a different story. 

The Bears own the eighth-best defense in the NFL at the moment, with many playmakers on that side of the ball. But there may be no better duo of pass rushers in the league than the ones the Giants will be facing on Sunday in Khalil Mack and Leonard Floyd.

Tags: Evan Engram, Nate Solder, Rhett Ellison, Scott Thompson
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The Giants haven't led the NFL in much recently, but they had a big lead in one category through the end of October. No team played rookies more often than they did. And they led in that category by about 500 total snaps.

That only counted rookies, like quarterback Daniel Jones, defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence, linebacker Oshane Ximines and corners Corey Ballentine and DeAndre Baker. It didn't count all their second-year pros like guard Will Hernandez, running back Saquon Barkley, defensive end B.J. Hill, linebacker Lorenzo Carter, and cornerbacks Grant Haley and now Sam Beal.

The point is, the Giants are young. Very, very young. And that might be the biggest reason to be optimistic about their future, and to believe that GM Dave Gettleman could have them on the right path.

Tags: B.J. Hill, Corey Ballentine, Daniel Jones, DeAndre Baker, Evan Engram, Jabril Peppers, Jon Halapio, Julian Love, Kevin Zeitler, Leonard Williams, Mike Remmers, Nate Solder, Sam Beal, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Will Hernandez, Ralph Vacchiano
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If you read Giants RB Saquon Barkley's stat line from Sunday, you probably would've thought it was a joke. But the one yard he accumulated on 13 carries wasn't a joke in the slighest. 

The Jets were able to penetrate the Giants' offensive line to get to Barkley quickly before he could make his way upfield. However, many believe that Barkley is still not 100 percent healthy since returning from a high ankle sprain he sustained in Week 3 against the Bucs. 

Barkley has refuted it numerous times up until this point, but not as aggressively as he did on Tuesday when asked about those who believe he should be shut down for the rest of the season given the Giants' 2-8 record and playoff hopes nearly out of the cards. 

 

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The Giants have placed Rhett Ellison in the concussion protocol after Sunday's loss to the Jets and now have just one healthy tight end on the roster heading into their bye week.

Ellison joins Janoris Jenkins and Nate Solder in the protocol after the trio all left the game at different points. He caught all three of his targets against the Jets for 42 yards of offense before exiting the game.

Sterling Shepard has been in and out of the protocol all season and missed the big all-New York matchup on Sunday.

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Nov 10, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Jamison Crowder (82) rushes for a touchdown against New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins (20) during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Nov 10, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Jamison Crowder (82) rushes for a touchdown against New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins (20) during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins exited Sunday's matchup with the Jets and headed to the locker room to be evaluated for a concussion.

Jenkins was shaken up after tackling tight end Trevon Wesco and walked to the locker room as the Jets kicked a field goal to take a 34-27 lead in the fourth quarter over the Giants. 

In his place, the Giants sent out Sam Beal to make his NFL debut.

The Giants already saw Nate Solder be ruled out for the remainder of the game after exiting with a concussion in the first half.

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Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Giants offensive tackle Nate Solder (76) blocks during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Giants offensive tackle Nate Solder (76) blocks during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Nate Solder left the field in the middle of the second quarter of the Giants-Jets matchup Sunday and has been ruled out for the remainder of the game with a concussion.

Solder limped off the field and went into the medical tent on the sideline with less than eight minutes to play in the half, missing the remainder of that drive--Eric Smith made his NFL debut at left tackle for the Giants in Solder's absence.

The Giants scored their second touchdown of the game on the drive, but a bad snap by Zak DeOssie resulted in the Riley Dixon missing on a throw into the end zone for a two-point conversion. As a result, the Giants were still down 14-13.

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Dave Gettleman
Dave Gettleman

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The Jets may have gotten a jump on the trading deadline by shipping Leonard Williams to the Giants on Monday. But it's clear now that was only the beginning.

The Jets were holding what sure looked like a firesale in the hours leading up to the trading deadline at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, with almost everyone on their roster up for grabs, according to multiple sources.

Tags: Alec Ogletree, Jamal Adams, Janoris Jenkins, Leonard Williams, Le'Veon Bell, Marcus Maye, Nate Solder, Robby Anderson, Ralph Vacchiano
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Jets GM Joe Douglas
Jets GM Joe Douglas

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The Jets may have gotten a jump on the trading deadline by shipping Leonard Williams to the Giants on Monday. But it's clear now that was only the beginning.

The Jets were holding what sure looked like a firesale in the hours leading up to the trading deadline at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, with almost everyone on their roster up for grabs, according to multiple sources.

Tags: Alec Ogletree, Jamal Adams, Janoris Jenkins, Leonard Williams, Le'Veon Bell, Marcus Maye, Nate Solder, Robby Anderson, Ralph Vacchiano
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Leonard Williams (Vincent Carchietta)
Leonard Williams (Vincent Carchietta)

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- People around the NFL are circling the Jets like vultures, believing their roster is ripe for the picking. They see talent there, even though it's collectively not working. And they see a GM in charge of a roster he didn't choose or build.

That's a formula that usually leads to a firesale, and that's what many around the NFL are expecting from the Jets between now and the NFL trading deadline on Tuesday afternoon. They have some very interesting pieces that may not have a long-term future in New York. The big prize is Leonard Williams, but someone could get a consolation prize like receiver Robby Anderson, too.

Who else could be traded? And will it really be a case of "Everything (almost) must go!"? Here's all the latest information on the Jets' trade possibilities, including sourced material, rumors and reports on the tradeable assets they have:

Tags: Alec Ogletree, Daniel Jones, Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Janoris Jenkins, Nate Solder, Odell Beckham Jr., Saquon Barkley, Ralph Vacchiano
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Evan Engram (Jerome Miron)
Evan Engram (Jerome Miron)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Giants had their firesale one year ago, so they don't have a lot left to trade right now. Still, with a season going nowhere and the trading deadline less than a week away, nothing with Giants GM Dave Gettleman can be ruled out.

They do still have some valuable assets (cornerback Janoris Jenkins), some possibly valuable pieces (left tackle Nate Solder) and some real wild cards (quarterback Eli Manning, tight end Evan Engram). With the Giants still a year, maybe two, away from finishing their rebuilding project, at the right price (almost) anything may go.

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Oct 7, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; New York Giants offensive tackle Nate Solder (76) during the second half at against the Carolina Panthers Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Dedmon)
Oct 7, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; New York Giants offensive tackle Nate Solder (76) during the second half at against the Carolina Panthers Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Dedmon)

Seeking offensive line help, the Browns have interest in trading for Giants OT Nate Solder, reports Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports. However, the Browns' interest level is dependent on another pursuit.

La Canfora notes that the Browns will turn their attention toward attempting to acquire Solder only if they're unable to trade for Redskins OT Trent Williams.

The 31-year-old Solder is in the second year of a four-year deal he signed before the 2018 season.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - This was a big test for rookie quarterback Daniel Jones, and he didn't exactly pass it. Against the first elite defense he's faced in his young career, this game proved he wasn't quite ready.

But it also proved something else important.

The Giants aren't quite ready yet, either.

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Oct 7, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; New York Giants offensive tackle Nate Solder (76) during the second half at against the Carolina Panthers Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Dedmon)
Oct 7, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; New York Giants offensive tackle Nate Solder (76) during the second half at against the Carolina Panthers Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Dedmon)

The Giants restructured Nate Solder's contract and picked up $5 million in cap space, as Tom Pelissaro of NFL Network first reported Saturday.

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed the move, which took $7.5 million of Solder's base salary and turned it into a full guaranteed roster bonus.

The 6-foot-8, 325-pound left tackle is set to receive $13 million in 2019 and 2020, followed by $14 million in 2021.

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New York Giants running back Rod Smith (45) reacts with center Jon Halapio (75) after scoring a touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals during the first half at Paul Brown Stadium. (David Kohl/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants running back Rod Smith (45) reacts with center Jon Halapio (75) after scoring a touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals during the first half at Paul Brown Stadium. (David Kohl/USA TODAY Sports)

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When Daniel Jones makes his first start for the Giants on Thursday night, he won't have many starters around him. For nearly every key player on the team, the preseason is over.

The preseason finale in New England is all about the backups, and dozens of players still fighting for roster spots.

Who will make it and who won't? Here's a pre-game look at the Giants' projected 53-man roster, which could change considerably depending on how their game against the Patriots goes:

Tags: Cody Latimer, Eli Manning, Janoris Jenkins, Nate Solder, Russell Shepard, Sterling Shepard, Wayne Gallman, Will Hernandez, Ralph Vacchiano
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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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 (Vincent Carchietta)
(Vincent Carchietta)

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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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Jun 4, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants rookie quarterback Daniel Jones (8) and New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) warm up during mini camp at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 4, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants rookie quarterback Daniel Jones (8) and New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) warm up during mini camp at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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The Giants ended the offseason feeling pretty good about themselves, even though they arguably spent the last five months losing more talent than they gained. They are big believers in addition by subtraction, and they feel they've added some pretty good pieces, too.

It'll be a few more months until we know whether GM Dave Gettleman's plan was genius or ill-conceived, and whether his big makeover of the team's culture will result in any more wins. But during the spring organized team activities and mini-camp, there were a few hints about which direction the Giants were headed.

So here are 5 things we've learned about the Giants this spring:

Tags: Eli Manning, Landon Collins, Nate Solder, Odell Beckham Jr., Will Hernandez, Ralph Vacchiano
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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)

The NFL-wide shock of Giants GM Dave Gettleman selecting Duke QB Daniel Jones with the No. 6 pick in the NFL Draft has (for the most part) settled. Odell Beckham Jr. is a member of the Cleveland Browns, and yes, the organization will probably never hear the end of it. If there's something that Giants fans can take solace in, it's that Saquon Barkley is still just 22 years old and going into his second season as a pro.

Giants Twittersphere will never tell you this, but there are in fact a few reasons to feel optimistic eye for the upcoming season...

Saquon Barkley's continued development

Tags: Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Nate Solder, Odell Beckham Jr., Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Will Hernandez
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Jul 26, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) calls signals as offensive guard Will Hernandez (71) and offensive tackle Nate Solder (76) prepare for the snap during training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Jul 26, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) calls signals as offensive guard Will Hernandez (71) and offensive tackle Nate Solder (76) prepare for the snap during training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

If casual football fans know the names of their offensive linemen, it's either for a very good reason or a very bad reason.

That's why it was special that every Giants fan knew the team's Super Bowl-winning offensive line from 2006-2010. The bruising group of Diehl-Seubert-O'Hara-Snee-McKenzie will live on in Giants lore forever.

Over time, the team added new faces, but things remained the same. The Giants pounded the run and gave Eli Manning time to look deep on passes, which led to the team winning their second Super Bowl in five years.

Tags: Bobby Hart, Chad Wheeler, Ereck Flowers, Nate Solder, Will Hernandez
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Dec 2, 2018; Foxborough, MA, USA; Minnesota Vikings tackle Mike Remmers (74) at the line of scrimmage during the first quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)
Dec 2, 2018; Foxborough, MA, USA; Minnesota Vikings tackle Mike Remmers (74) at the line of scrimmage during the first quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)

When RT Mike Remmers signed with the Giants, it didn't come as a surprise. 

The veteran tackle visited with the team twice, and with his connections to head coach Pat Shumur and GM Dave Gettleman having played under them over his career, it seemed like a no-brainer. 

That's why when the signing finally came true, fans were most likely saying, "It's about time." For Remmers, who was sitting in free agency awaiting a call from his next time, he was basically thinking the same thing. 

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Sep 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants offensive tackle Nate Solder on the field before facing the New Orleans Saints at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)
Sep 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants offensive tackle Nate Solder on the field before facing the New Orleans Saints at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)

Giants offensive tackle Nate Solder underwent arthroscopic surgery to remove bone spurs from his ankle but is expected to be ready for training camp, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapaport and Mike Garafolo.

Solder, 31, played all 16 games with the Giants last season, his first with New York after seven with the Patriots.

Solder, who played on the left side, was rated the No. 21 offensive tackle by Pro Football Focus last year.

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The NFL Draft has come and gone, and the only man the Giants added to their depth chart at right tackle was seventh-rounder George Asafo-Adjei. Many saw GM Dave Gettleman going after a tackle higher in the draft, but that wasn't the case as more defensive reinforcements found their way to the Giants. 

Chad Wheeler, then, is the Giants' starting right tackle as training camp inches closer by the day. He struggled last season manning the right side, earning a 47.4 Pro Football Focus grade, which is considered below average. 

So are the Giants settled with their right tackle despite it potentially being their weak spot again? Offensive line coach Hal Hunter doesn't seem worried. He'll work with whoever comes into training camp on Day 1. 

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Jan 7, 2019; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide offensive lineman Jonah Williams (73) against the Clemson Tigers during the 2019 College Football Playoff Championship game at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports (Mark J. Rebilas)
Jan 7, 2019; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide offensive lineman Jonah Williams (73) against the Clemson Tigers during the 2019 College Football Playoff Championship game at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports (Mark J. Rebilas)

It's no secret Dave Gettleman loves big guys. Or, as he calls them, "hog mollies." The Giants general manager maintains the old-school philosophy that the game is won in the trenches, and he's done all he can during his tenure in charge to make the team fit that mold.  

To protect quarterback Eli Manning's blind side, Gettleman signed All-Pro tackle Nate Solder from New England. Another notable move was selecting guard Will Hernandez, who started all 16 games at guard last season, in the second round. But Solder took a step back from his Patriots days, Hernandez had to learn on the fly as a rookie, and an injury to center Jon Halapio early in the year left the Giants thin at the position. 

Plus, a hole still exists at right tackle.

Enter Jonah Williams, perhaps the "hoggiest" "molly" in the 2019 draft class. The Giants will have two first round picks come Thursday. Will Gettleman be able to pass on the Alabama product with more than one pass at him? 

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Oct 15, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Cleveland Browns offensive guard Kevin Zeitler (70) during the game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports  (Kevin Jairaj)
Oct 15, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Cleveland Browns offensive guard Kevin Zeitler (70) during the game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Jairaj)

Before the Giants and Browns struck the trade of the offseason with WR Odell Beckham Jr. heading to Cleveland, they made another deal where DE Olivier Vernon was on his way as well. In that deal, the Giants got G Kevin Zeitler in return, a right guard that would be plugged right into their offensive line next season. 

Zeitler didn't think he would be making the move, though. There was some speculation that the Browns had him on the trade market, but after signing a five-year, $60 million deal back in 2017 with Cleveland, he thought he would be there for the long haul. 

Instead, he saw his phone blow up during a workout, and the shock set in.

Tags: Kevin Zeitler, Eli Manning, Nate Solder, Saquon Barkley, Will Hernandez, Scott Thompson
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Cleveland Browns offensive guard Kevin Zeitler blocks Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Channing Ward during the second quarter at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
Cleveland Browns offensive guard Kevin Zeitler blocks Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Channing Ward during the second quarter at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants head coach Pat Shurmur is excited to work with the Giants' offseason acquisitions, from safety Jabrill Peppers to wide receiver Golden Tate, but the one that stands out to him is offensive lineman Kevin Zeitler.

"When you add a solid, veteran player that's established himself and he's consistent and tough and has all the attributes you're looking for in an offensive lineman to add to that crew, we got better," Shurmur said, according to the New York Post's Paul Schwartz.

While they were announced as separate deals, Zeitler's trade -- when the Giants dealt pass rusher Olivier Vernon to the Cleveland Browns -- went into the NFL transaction log combined with the blockbuster Odell Beckham Jr. deal given both trades were agreed to before the new league year began.

Tags: Chad Wheeler, Cleveland Browns, Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Jamon Brown, Nate Solder, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Will Hernandez
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The decision to let safety Landon Collins walk away for nothing sent shockwaves through a Giants fan base that still seems to be trying to figure GM Dave Gettleman out. One minute acts like the Giants are close to being a contender. The next he sounds like he's rebuilding. Then he's cutting costs on players like Collins, while not blinking at the $23.2 million cap hit for aging quarterback Eli Manning.

Trying to decipher his moves the last 15 months has been like riding the Mad Tea Party ride at Disney. Just as the franchise seems to turn one direction, it lurches towards the other. Meanwhile, everyone is nauseous and wondering: Is there any real direction at all?

The answer to that is, like many things, complicated and not often clear. There's no doubt the mess Gettleman inherited - on the field, in the locker room, and to a smaller extent under the salary cap - was significant when he was hired in December, 2017. Even Gettleman may have underestimated how extensive the problems were, though he adamantly denies he did.

Tags: Cleveland Browns, Damon Harrison, Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Landon Collins, Nate Solder, Olivier Vernon, Saquon Barkley, Ralph Vacchiano
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Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: What's the best way for the Giants and Jets to catch up to the Patriots and Rams? Stealing some of their players would be a pretty good start.

While they won't be able to poach Tom BradyTodd Gurley, or any of the real elite players on either of the Super Bowl LIII teams, both of teams have a long list of intriguing players who are currently scheduled to become free agents on March 13.

Here are 10 - five from the Rams, and five from the Patriots - who should interest the New York teams the most:

Tags: James Carpenter, Nate Solder, Odell Beckham Jr., Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard
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Oh, if only this Giants run had started just a little bit sooner.

That's going to be the lingering sadness about this season, now that the Giants have won for the fourth time in their last five games. They're now 5-8 after their 40-16 pounding of the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md. on Sunday. They're starting to look like the team they thought they'd be.

If only they hadn't started 1-7. If only they had held on to beat the Philadelphia Eagles two weeks ago...

Tags: Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Nate Solder, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants general Manager Dave Gettleman and head coach Pat Shurmur during OTA practice at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants general Manager Dave Gettleman and head coach Pat Shurmur during OTA practice at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- One year ago this week, the Giants did something they once thought was unthinkable. They cleaned out, firing their coach and general manager in the middle of the season.

The decision was born of desperation. The franchise had no direction. The players were lost. And the whole operation had become the butt of jokes across the NFL nation. The Giants were 2-10 at the time.

One year and two days later, they are 4-8, which is hardly much of an improvement. But to the players, executives and team personnel who endured last season's mess, the improvement has been dramatic.

Tags: Bobby Hart, Damon Harrison, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Nate Solder, Odell Beckham Jr., Ralph Vacchiano
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This is a terrible time for New York football, with the Giants and Jets sitting on what feels like rock bottom. They are a combined 5-14 this season, and the playoffs are already out of reach. And they are a combined 13-38 (.254) since the beginning of 2018.

But while there may not be hope at the moment for either team, there is still some talent on their two rosters. If they could only somehow combine the two, they might even have the makings of a playoff team.

 

Tags: Dalvin Tomlinson, Darron Lee, Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Jamal Adams, Jordan Jenkins, Landon Collins, Marcus Maye, Nate Solder, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Steve McLendon, Ralph Vacchiano
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This is a terrible time for New York football, with the Giants and Jets sitting on what feels like rock bottom. They are a combined 5-14 this season, and the playoffs are already out of reach. And they are a combined 13-38 (.254) since the beginning of 2018.

But while there may not be hope at the moment for either team, there is still some talent on their two rosters. If they could only somehow combine the two, they might even have the makings of a playoff team.

 

Tags: Dalvin Tomlinson, Darron Lee, Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Jamal Adams, Jordan Jenkins, Landon Collins, Marcus Maye, Nate Solder, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Steve McLendon, Ralph Vacchiano
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Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive

This is a terrible time for New York football, with the Giants and Jets sitting on what feels like rock bottom. They are a combined 5-14 this season, and the playoffs are already out of reach. And they are a combined 13-38 (.254) since the beginning of 2018.

But while there may not be hope at the moment for either team, there is still some talent on their two rosters. If they could only somehow combine the two, they might even have the makings of a playoff team.

 

Tags: Dalvin Tomlinson, Darron Lee, Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Jamal Adams, Jordan Jenkins, Landon Collins, Marcus Maye, Nate Solder, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Steve McLendon, Ralph Vacchiano
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Oct 22, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) talks with tight end Evan Engram (88) after an incomplete pass in the third quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports (Jason Getz)
Oct 22, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) talks with tight end Evan Engram (88) after an incomplete pass in the third quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports (Jason Getz)

Things certainly are not going as intended for this Giants team that currently sits at a lowly 1-7 in their bye week. And as they sit on Sunday to reflect, there are some that need to step it up if they don't want to continue this trend in the second half. 

Of course, that could be said for the entire team. The Giants rank 27th in scoring (18.8 points per game), and they convert only 40 percent of their red zone trips into touchdowns, which is second-to-last in that category. For the defense, they sit 18th in yards allowed per game (366.4), while allowing 25.6 points per game as well. 

But there are certain Giants that should be performing better that simply haven't hit the mark. And to change the tides in East Rutherford, the Giants need them to have a better second half...

Tags: Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Nate Solder, Olivier Vernon, Scott Thompson
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Sep 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants offensive tackle Nate Solder on the field before facing the New Orleans Saints at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)
Sep 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants offensive tackle Nate Solder on the field before facing the New Orleans Saints at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)

Giants left tackle Nate Solder (neck) will play Monday night after being limited in practice, but right guard Patrick Omameh (knee) will not despite being listed as questionable.

The Giants have decided to bench the interior lineman and start Spencer Pulley instead, according to NJ.com.

Pulley, claimed off waivers by the Giants on Sept. 2, will likely start at center and John Greco will move to Omameh's spot at right guard. 

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Olivier Vernon (54) Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)
Olivier Vernon (54) Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)

All 53 Giants players practice on Thursday, but DE Olivier Vernon was still a limited participant. Until today. 

Vernon (ribs) was upgraded to a full practice participant on Friday ahead of the Giants' Monday Night Football matchup on the road against the Falcons. The veteran edge rusher obviously has more time to get healthy with two more days before gameday, but it is good to see him out there in full. 

Defensive coordinator James Bettcher preaches to "never look back," but when it comes to Vernon, he loved what he saw last week...

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It's always a good day at practice when all 53 players are out and about, and that was the case for the Giants on Thursday. 

There were a few limited participants, though, with LT Nate Solder (neck) and DE Olivier Vernon (ribs) among them. Solder said after practice that he feels fine and should be ready to go on Monday. 

And the way head coach Pat Shurmur spoke about Vernon appears to indicate he will be full-go against the Falcons as well...

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Sep 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants offensive tackle Nate Solder on the field before facing the New Orleans Saints at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)
Sep 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants offensive tackle Nate Solder on the field before facing the New Orleans Saints at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)

Giants LT Nate Solder isn't used to losing. 

In his seven years in New England, Solder's Patriots went an outstanding 88-20 that included two Super Bowl rings. But now Solder is on a 1-5 Giants squad that is teetering to stay relevant before the fanbase starts to compare it to the dreadful season of last. 

Unfortunately, some believe the season is lost already, with the Giants stuck at the bottom of the NFC East. But it is still early, and Solder is confident this team -- and his offensive unit specifically -- can ramp up their level of play and pick up some much-needed wins. 

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Feb 2, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Joe Namath, left, and Phil Simms pose for photos before Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)
Feb 2, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Joe Namath, left, and Phil Simms pose for photos before Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

Former Giants QB and current CBS analyst, Phil Simms, gave his thoughts on both the Jets and Giants for the upcoming season. And he believes his former team should make the playoffs with the moves they made this offseason.

"I do think they're a definite playoff contender," he told NJ.com's Darryl Slater at NFL on CBS media day. "As an announcer and as an analyst and being an ex-Giant, I would be disappointed if they're not a playoff team. All the moves they made are for now."

Simms likes that mindset from GM Dave Gettleman, which is why he gave two thumbs up to the Saquon Barkley pick at No. 2 in April...

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Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: The first training camp under new head coach Pat Shurmur is a critical one for the Giants, who have spent the offseason acting like a team that believes it can be a contender, one year after finishing 3-13. To do that, they need everything to go right, and they desperately need to stay healthy.

The quest for that begins on Wednesday morning when the full-team reports to camp.

And with questions looming over everything, from Odell Beckham, Jr. to Eli Manning to their formerly dysfunctional defense, how will training camp go for the Giants? Here are five bold predictions for what to expect between now and Opening Day...

Tags: Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Janoris Jenkins, Nate Solder, Saquon Barkley, Ralph Vacchiano
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