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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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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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Giants beat Redskins 40-16 00:01:45
The Giants beat the Redskins 40-16 in a signature win for the team that?s starting to build momentum and bring their record to 5-8

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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Is there a playoff team in NY? 00:00:47
SNY takes on the question... Could you make an NFL playoff team by combining players from the Jets and Giants in 2018?

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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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Is there a playoff team in NY? 00:00:47
SNY takes on the question... Could you make an NFL playoff team by combining players from the Jets and Giants in 2018?

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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Is there a playoff team in NY? 00:00:47
SNY takes on the question... Could you make an NFL playoff team by combining players from the Jets and Giants in 2018?

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...

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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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Giants prep for Falcons 00:01:22
Head Coach Pat Shurmur and the New York Giants remain confident going into their Monday night match-up against the Atlanta Falcons.

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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Nate Solder (Matthew Emmons/USA TODAY Sports)
Nate Solder (Matthew Emmons/USA TODAY Sports)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -The Giants dodged a major injury scare on Thursday after Nate Solder, their $62 million left tackle, hurt his right leg when he ended up in a pile of bodies on one of the final plays of minicamp - right before rookie guard Will Hernandez and veteran defensive tackle Damon Harrison ended up in a wild fight on the field.

The injury to Solder, though, turned out to be nothing serious after he was examined by doctors on Thursday afternoon. "All good," according to an NFL source.

For a while, that wasn't certain. Giants head coach Pat Shurmur said that after getting an on-field update "I think he's fine." However Solder sounded a little less certain of that after practice, especially since he hadn't been checked out by doctors yet.

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Five Things for the Giants 00:00:31
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano reveals the five most interesting things to watch for during this week's New York Giants minicamp.

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

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

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

Tags: Brett Jones, Cody Latimer, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Janoris Jenkins, Landon Collins, Nate Solder, Odell Beckham Jr., Patrick Omaneh, Roger Lewis, Saquon Barkley, Ralph Vacchiano
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Now With Trades!

Same idea as the first two times. ?Again, anyone taken in a previous mock dream draft (take one, take two) is ineligible.

Round 1: Akeem Ayers, LB, UCLA

The Giants make a splash, trading their 1st round pick (19th) and 6th round pick (185th) pick for the Bears? 1st (29th) and 3rd (92nd ). With their first pick, they nab love-him-or-hate-him LB Akeem Ayers, who the Jets were patiently waiting to select.? Ayers has great size and athleticism, but lacks great speed. ?Still, the Giants fill a major need and get good value, while adding a third round pick.

Tags: akeem ayers, david carter, davon house, greg jones, jake kirkpatrick, joseph barksdale, mock draft, nate solder, New York Giants, NFL
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Why does everyone have the Giants taking an offensive lineman?

In doing my draft research, I've come across dozens of mock drafts. ?In the past, I've found that mock drafts help me to understand the?perceived?value of certain players in the eyes of fans and experts who have had a chance to watch these players more than I have. ?No, mock drafting is not an exact science, and is often a waste of time, but it does have its uses.

Two years ago, I compiled as many mock drafts as I could find to see what the general prediction was. ?This method produce the correct answer: Hakeem Nicks. ?Obviously, this won't always be the case (last year, the same method predicted Rolando McClain), but there is some value to be had from trying to understand the general consensus.

Tags: akeem ayers, allen bailey, anthony castonzo, corey liuget, giants, Martez Wilson, mike puncey, mock draft, nate solder, New York Giants, nfl draft, tyron smith
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