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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. during warmups before a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. during warmups before a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. is tired of losing, and hopeful Big Blue's stagnant offense can come alive. 

"I don't remember the last time I won a game was," Beckham said Thursday. "Maybe some cards or something, but not an NFL football game. I haven't won one in a long time. It's definitely not a good feeling, not something you come here to do. You don't come here to lose, you just don't."

After a big Week 1 performance during the Giants' loss to the Jaguars, Beckham was largely shut down during their Week 2 loss to the Cowboys, catching four passes for 51 yards while being targeted just nine times.

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Sep 9, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) listens to music as he warms up before a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 9, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) listens to music as he warms up before a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. has a bone to pick with the NFL. 

On Thursday, Beckham took to Twitter to announce his frustration with the league constantly administrating random drug tests on him. Sarcastically claiming it was his "997,546" random test, Beckham says these screenings are taking time away from him doing his job. 

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Many have given their case as to where the blame should be placed for the Giants' 0-2 start to the season. The offensive line's shaky play seems to be at the top, with head coach Pat Shurmur taking a brunt of the backlash as well. 

And then there's the play of 37-year-old QB Eli Manning that is in the spotlight as well. Former Jet and current ESPN Damien Woody is on that bandwagon. 

Appearing on ESPN's "Get Up" morning show on Wednesday, Woody ripped Manning's level of play, and basically said he's finished after just two weeks into the new season...

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Many have given their case as to where the blame should be placed for the Giants' 0-2 start to the season. The offensive line's shaky play seems to be at the top, with head coach Pat Shurmur taking a brunt of the backlash as well. 

And then there's the play of 37-year-old QB Eli Manning that is in the spotlight as well. Former Jet and current ESPN Damien Woody is on that bandwagon. 

Appearing on ESPN's "Get Up" morning show on Wednesday, Woody ripped Manning's level of play, and basically said he's finished after just two weeks into the new season...

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Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. has always strived to be the greatest. But the road to his stardom today in the NFL wasn't the easiest. 

In an interview with comedian Kevin Hart on his web series, "Cold as Balls," Beckham indulged on his football path from his days at LSU and how it didn't go as planned. 

"When I was in college, I wanted to win a national championship," he said. "Made it to the national championship, got blown out. I said I wanted to win a Heisman [Trophy], never came close. Said I wanted to be a top-10 pick, was the 12th pick. So, it was like, now that's the only thing I had left, I gotta win Rookie of the Year."

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Sep 16, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys linebacker Damien Wilson (57) causes a fumble on a sack of New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) in the third quarter at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Heitman)
Sep 16, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys linebacker Damien Wilson (57) causes a fumble on a sack of New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) in the third quarter at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Heitman)

This isn't how the Giants wanted to start their season again, but nonetheless, they finds themselves 0-2 for the third straight year after a loss to the Cowboys Sunday night. 

It has been the norm for the Giants of late. How many times have they started the season on the wrong note? 

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The Giants are a team in crisis at 0-2 after a miserable, 20-13 loss in Dallas on Sunday night. And they're back to their same old offensive problems.

Here's a look at how their specific position groups played on Sunday night...

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New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur coaches from the sidelines in the third quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. (Tim Heitman/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur coaches from the sidelines in the third quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. (Tim Heitman/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Giants were so sure that a healthy Odell Beckham Jr., a rebuilt offensive line and the addition of Saquon Barkley would be enough to wake them out of their years-long offensive nightmare.

Two games into the season, it looks like they may have been wrong. Really wrong.

Their offense was absolutely pathetic on Sunday night in a 20-13 loss to the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. They barely got anything going either on the ground or in the air. They hardly even threatened to score any points until the game was basically over. And if it weren't for Barkley (14 catches for 80 yards, 11 rushes for 28 yards), they would've spent the game looking like they were standing still.

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The Giants started the season 0-2 for the second straight season with a 20-13 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday at AT&T Stadium.

New York was outgained 299-254 as Odell Beckham Jr. was held to four catches for 50 yards and the team was limited to just 35 yards on the ground.

Eli Manning was sacked six times for 59 yards and lost a fumble, while Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott threw for 160 yards and a touchdown and ran for 46 yards.

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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 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 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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THE GAME

The Giants (0-1) at the Dallas Cowboys (0-1) at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Tex., on Sunday, Sept. 16 at 8:20 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER

A warm day with temperatures near 90 should cool off into the upper 70s by kickoff. Whether that matters or not depends on whether Jerry Jones has the roof open or closed.

WHAT IT MEANS

Did somebody say "Must win"? OK, I did. Since 1990, there have been 231 teams that have started the season 0-2 and only 28 of them (12 percent) made the playoffs. Those are not good odds for the loser of this game. And yes, yes, the Giants did it in 2007. We all remember that. But that's the exception, not the rule. The reality is that whoever loses this game will be in a suddenly quick hole after opening the season with dreams of competing for the NFC East title. If either the Redskins or Eagles win (they're both 1-0) that hole is going to feel very deep, too.

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Odell talks Giants offense 00:01:16
Odell Beckham Jr. talks about the great potential of the Giants offense and having fun with rookie Saquon Barkley?s touchdown ball

Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. knew rookie running back Saquon Barkley's 68-yard touchdown run was a long time coming, even if last Sunday's 20-15 loss to the Jaguars was his NFL debut.

And now, Barkley has his souvenir ball ... again.

Beckham posted a video earlier in the week of him jokingly stealing Barkley's first touchdown ball in the locker room, and admitted the ball is back where it should be: in Barkley's possession.

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Sep 9, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) can't reach an overthrown pass while defended by Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey (20) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 9, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) can't reach an overthrown pass while defended by Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey (20) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Shaquille O'Neal was so dominant at basketball in his day that, sometimes, teams would just give up trying to defend him and voluntarily force him to the free throw line all game. The tactic was soon branded "Hack-A-Shaq".

In a different sport, Giants dominant WR Odell Beckham understands the treatment. The explosive receiver twice forced blatant defensive pass interference calls against the Jaguars, potentially saving touchdowns but giving the Giants first downs. Bechkam compared it to what O'Neal had to deal with.

"Like 'Hack-A-Shaq?' That's fine," Beckham said Thursday.

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Sep 9, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur coaches against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 9, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur coaches against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Here are the key takeaways from Giants head coach Pat Shurmur's Monday press conference...

On the job status of Ereck Flowers, who Shurmur did not contemplate moving on Sunday:

"Like I said, he's like every player. I think I know where you're going with this, he's like every player. He had a lot of really good plays and he had a couple that he'd like to have back. ... He had the tripping penalty and then on the hold, and that happens frequently, the quarterback scrambled, which was good, and unfortunately there's times when those holds occur. That was the gist of it the first drive. ... He's like every player. Again, he had a lot of really good reps and he had a couple he'd like to have back. He's going to work to get better just like every player."

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. gestures after a first down catch against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. gestures after a first down catch against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. said he has a new outlook on the game of football after he missed most of last season with a fractured ankle.

"I'm just in a different place," Beckham said after he recorded 11 catches for 111 yards in Sunday's 20-15 loss to the Jaguars at MetLife Stadium. "Once you see everything flash before you, and you don't know if you ae going to be the same person again, you don't know if football is going to be the same again, I got a different perspective."

Beckham, the star Giants receiver who signed a $95 million contract extension prior to the season to become the highest-paid wide receiver in the league, repeated how he spent night after night praying to get back onto the field for a game for the first time since Week 5 last year.

That he did.

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New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley celebrates his touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley celebrates his touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Saquon Barkley's debut didn't get off to a flying start. On his first two NFL carries, he couldn't even break the line of scrimmage. He did nothing of note in the first half at all.

Yet somehow there was a feeling that something was different. Somehow, watching Barkley, everyone knew.

"I mean, I knew right away," said Jaguars defensive end Calais Campbell, who helped tackle Barkley for no gain on the rookie's first run. "The first run and the first couple of times I tackled him, I said, 'This kid has something.'"

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

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Giants have a $95 million wide receiver, a running back they took second overall in the NFL draft and a franchise quarterback they believe can still play for "years." They also have a tight end they took in the first round a year ago and another receiver they took in the second round in 2016.

Those are a lot of talented weapons they've invested in heavily.

And once again, it looks like any potential they have is going to be crushed behind a crumbling offensive line.

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The Giants have only been to the playoffs once since their last Super Bowl championship, now seven seasons ago, and that trip didn't turn out well at all. They are intent on going back and lasting a little while sometime in the final few years of Eli Manning's career.

Will it be this year? The Giants believe they are loaded for a run and they are counting on a return to the postseason.

Here's a look at whether their postseason dreams are actually a realistic goal.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - When training camp opened back in July, John Mara was admittedly still stuck in a "nightmare". It had been nearly seven months since the Giants had ended their disastrous 3-13 season. But the memories were still painfully fresh.

"I haven't gotten over last season quite yet," he said. "I have to be honest about it -- I did not see it coming. I felt very good this time last year. I think most of you predicted that we were going to have a great season, some of you even predicted we'd go to the Super Bowl. I wasn't quite buying into that but I certainly did not see 3-13 coming.

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Jalen Ramsey (20) Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)

One of the biggest matchups to watch in the Giants Week 1 opener against the Jaguars is the battle between WR Odell Beckham Jr. and CB Jalen Ramsey. That is why it's worth nothing that Ramsey was an addition to the Jags' injury report after practice Thursday. 

According to Jagaurs PR director Tad Dickman, Ramsey was limited in practice with an ankle injury. No injury occurred during practice, but there is some soreness that led to the limited reps. 

It is too early to tell, but if Ramsey can't take the MetLife Stadium field, it would kill the anticipation to see Beckham's toughest matchup yet. The 25-year-old star receiver talked about Ramsey after practice Wednesday, calling him one of the best -- if not the best -- cornerback in the game. 

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It's Year 3 for Giants WR Sterling Shepard, and though many look at that as the "breakout season," the 24-year-old has much to play for than just his stat line.

For one, Shepard is expected to play a vital role in reviving the Giants after their abysmal 3-13 season last year. He had to be the team's leading receiver when Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall went down with season-ending injuries in Week 5, and the injury bug even plagued him a bit as he missed five games as well.

Moving on this year is what the Giants aim to do with a new regime in place, but Shepard doesn't want to erase it entirely from his mind. It's the perfect motivation...

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Odell Beckham Jr heaps praise on Jaguars CB Jalen Ramsey, new coach Giants coach Pat Shurmur, and Big Blue's potential on offense.

Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. will step on the field for his first game since Week 5 of last season this Sunday. And there is no easing him back into his role considering his matchup: Jaguars CB Jalen Ramsey

Ramsey is arguably the best cornerback in the NFL, and has a knack for getting under his opponent's skin with trash talk. He recently went after several players around the league, including Giants QB Eli Manning, in an exclusive with GQ magazine. 

Beckham has an obvious past with trash-talking corners, more specifically Josh Norman. They literally went head-to-head two years ago at MetLife Stadium as both players focused more on fighting than the game itself...

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Odell Beckham Jr. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

The life of a celebrity has the glitz and glamour, but there can also be downsides to it as well. Just ask Giants star WR Odell Beckham Jr.

Beckham isn't your normal NFL wide receiver. Outside of the game, he is a full-fledged celebrity figure, hanging out with entertainers like Drake and many others in his spare time. In doing so, he has become one of the most recognizable faces of the game. 

But having that status can be a blessing and a curse all in one. On HBO's debut episode of their new series "The Shop," which features LeBron James, Draymond Green, and other celebrities and athetles to discuss sports and culture, Beckham said too often does privacy and normal days out of the house turn sour real fast...

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

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

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

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

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Aug 1, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. looks on during training camp in East Rutherford. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)
Aug 1, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. looks on during training camp in East Rutherford. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Odell Beckham promised that the money won't change him -- a vow made by many newly enriched players before. He swore he'll be the same player, perhaps even greater, and driven more than ever.

But the Giants need more than that for their $95 million. They need Beckham to be a leader. They need him to make the Giants his team.

Because like it or not, that's what it is now. They became Beckham's team the moment he signed his five-year, $95 million contract with $65 million guaranteed. Yes, Eli Manning's presence still looms large, but the quarterback is in the final stages of his wonderful career. Beckham is only 25. His star is still rising. He's the face of the franchise.

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Odell Beckham Jr. talks about the relief and happiness that comes with his new contract and how he can now focus on his on-field legacy.

Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. said Tuesday that getting his extension was a relief. But while the money is "great," that's now where his focus is. 

"I want to be legendary," Beckham said. "My goal has always been to be in the Hall of Fame, to win trophies, to leave a legacy way beyond any money that you make."

After his 2017 season ended early due to a serious ankle injury, Beckham did everything the Giants asked -- impressing co-owner John Mara along the way. Beckham never held out and even attended parts of voluntary team activities while he was in limbo. 

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Odell Beckham (13) Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

The Giants never intented to trade Odell Beckham Jr., co-owner John Mara said Tuesday. Instead, their intent was always to sign him to the megadeal he agreed to on Monday.

"I would say there was a very very small chance that was not even worth losing sleep over," Mara said. "We wanted him on the team. I think he knew that. We made that pretty clear to him." 

Mara added there was no specific point when he realized it was time to get a deal done, but that the team wanted to get it taken care of before Week 1. 

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With Odell Beckham signing a five-year contract extension with the Giants, is it good or bad for both sides in the deal?

The Giants and Odell Beckham, Jr. agreed on a five-year deal Monday that will make him the highest-paid receiver in the NFL, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed. 

The deal will be for $95 million, with $65 million guaranteed. $60 million will be due to Beckham during the first three years of the deal, which begins with the 2019 season -- keeping Beckham under Giants control through 2023. Talks had been ongoing, with Vacchiano reporting earlier this month that there was "optimism" a deal would be reached before Week 1.

"Honestly, I don't even know how to explain it," Beckham said in a press release. "I don't know if it's a relief, I don't know - it's a combination of everything. You've worked all your life to get to this point and it's finally here. ... Everybody was really a part of this - my mom, my dad, my family, everybody who was supporting me through this. It's just such an amazing feeling, I can't even explain."

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Nov 6, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) celebrates his touchdown catch against the Philadelphia Eagles with New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (87) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 6, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) celebrates his touchdown catch against the Philadelphia Eagles with New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (87) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

After the news broke that Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. agreed to a five-year, $95 million mega extension, social erupted with congratuations for one of the league's brightest stars. 

First, it was fellow Giants wide receivers Sterling Shepard and Roger Lewis Jr. posting videos of the celebration in the locker room following practice. And, of course, the song playing in the background had to be "For The Love of Money" by The O'Jays.

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham smiles on the sidelines during the first half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) (Paul Sancya/AP)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham smiles on the sidelines during the first half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) (Paul Sancya/AP)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: This is what the Giants and Odell Beckham Jr. always wanted. The Giants never wanted to trade him. Beckham never wanted to leave. They both wanted a long-term marriage, and they both understood how high the price would have to be.

So now Beckham is getting a five-year, $95 million contract extension with a whopping $65 million guaranteed.

And now the pressure is on both of them to make sure that investment pays off...

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Aug 17, 2018; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) looks on before a game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)
Aug 17, 2018; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) looks on before a game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)

Much of the conversation surrounding Odell Beckham Jr. this offseason has been his (lack of a new) contract, his health, behiavior and whether or not it's worth it for him to play in the preseason.

So, what was Beckham up to before the Giants 22-16 win over the Jets? Well, he was making a young fan's day.

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Odell Beckham Jr. (13) Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)

As NFL week one comes closer, Giants WR Odell Beckham still doesn't have a new contract. The receiver isn't holding out, but Beckham's desire for a new deal is public knowledge.

The latest on No. 13's talks for a new deal is that talks are ongoing and there is 'optimism' that a deal will get done by Opening Day but no deal is imminent, according to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - There are 2 ½ weeks until the regular season opens and Odell Beckham Jr. still doesn't have his lucrative new contract. That means it's possible the Giants will soon be playing games that count with this unresolved matter hanging over their heads.

And that's a big deal, isn't it? It has the potential to be a season-crushing distraction for the Giants, right?

"No. I don't see it being a distraction at all," said Giants receiver Sterling Shepard. "I don't think half the guys even know anything's going on or anything's been said about it."

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Victor Cruz was just a guy when the Giants signed him the day after the 2010 NFL draft. That's the best way to describe what he was - an irrelevant name on a list of undrafted free agents with little chance to make the roster, and almost no chance to make an impact.

He could've been anybody. He was just a guy.

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Aug 9, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) talks with wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Aug 9, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) talks with wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Saquon Barkley is among the Giants' most precious commodities, and after not practicing all week against the Lions, they certainly won't risk him in the preseason game in Detroit on Friday night.

The truth is, they shouldn't risk him in the rest of the preseason at all.

There simply is no point, not with a player as important as Barkley, and not with a body part as tricky as a hamstring. The Giants are calling his injury a "mild strain" and even privately they seem convinced that it's not at all serious. But hamstring injuries have a way of lingering and recurring as soon as they're pushed.

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Odell Beckham (13) Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. is still waiting for a contract extension, and reiterated Thursday that he's confident it will happen.

"I definitely think it's gonna work itself out," Beckham told reporters. "You know, when is it gonna happen, you don't know. That's the business side that is new, is still new to me in a sense, it's the first time I've ever had to deal with this or go through any of those things. I believe that it's gonna work itself out. It's a matter of time, just like anything in life, it's timing."

It's the second time during camp that Beckham has talked about his potential new deal -- something Giants co-owner John Mara expressed optimism about in July.

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Jalen Ramsey trashes Eli Manning 00:03:45
The DNL panel discusses Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey's comments that Odell Beckham Jr. aids to Eli Manning's overall success.

Giants QB Eli Manning fired back at Jaguars CB Jalen Ramsey in the most Eli Manning-way possible on Wednesday.

When told of Ramsey's criticism, where Ramsey said "I won't say Eli's good," Manning first said "no" about responding before quipping, "who?" 

In an interview with GQ Magazine, Ramsey began talking about quarterbacks that he believed were great around the league, with Deshaun Watson, Kirk Cousins, and Derek Carr among them. However, he quickly took a shot in the middle of the question at Manning, saying he isn't up to par with the rest. 

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With the Giants' first preseason game on Thursday, head coach Pat Shurmur still hasn't said who will and will not be playing against the Browns. 

"Every player will receive the consideration necessary with regard to the play time," he said after practice on Tuesday. "They're all at different stages of being ready to play in Week 1. We'lljust try to balance it and make good decisions."

The obvious player that every Giants fan has an opinion on when it comes to playing in preseason games is star WR Odell Beckham Jr. Beckham's tumultuous 2017 season started to take a downfall in Week 2 of the preseason last year against the same Cleveland opponent. He suffered an ankle sprain that held him out of the season opener, and was the preempitve injury to his eventual fractured ankle in Week 5 of the regular season. 

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Over the next month (or months) there will be a lot of talk about Odell Beckham's contract. There will be leaks about the negotiations. There will be debates about his value. And there will be confusion, because sometimes "talks" don't mean they're talking, and "value" might depend on how you do the math.

So how will you survive the seemingly endless news cycle until Beckham gets the money he is so sure he deserves? And how can you possibly join (and win) the debate when there's so much seemingly conflicting news?

Here's how: Our guide to separating fact from fiction when it comes to the Odell Beckham contract … a.k.a. How to sound smart when arguing about Odell's inevitable (and lucrative) deal:

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Beckham's contract negotiations 00:03:28
Maria Marino and Marc Malusis are foaming at the mouth over Odell Beckham Jr.'s contract extension negotiations with the New York Giants.

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: Everybody relax.

The first round of talks between the Giants and Odell Beckham Jr.'s agent didn't produce a deal, which is absolutely no surprise to anyone who understands anything about how contract talks work. It's also not surprising that the Giants' initial offer was low -- or at least lower than they know they'll eventually have to pay. And it's also probably not a surprise that Beckham's camp has leaked details, apparently in the hope that it will pressure the Giants to immediately up their offer (Spoiler alert: It won't).

Try to ignore the noise, though, and see the bigger picture. The Giants are intent on signing Beckham to a long-term deal and according to a team source they understand it will likely make him the highest-paid receiver in the NFL when it's done. They hope they can get a deal done by Opening Day, or at the latest early in the season. That position hasn't changed...

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Odell Beckham Jr (13) Jarvis Landry (14) Mandatory Credit: Andrew Innerarity-USA TODAY Sports (Andrew Innerarity)
Odell Beckham Jr (13) Jarvis Landry (14) Mandatory Credit: Andrew Innerarity-USA TODAY Sports (Andrew Innerarity)

On Sunday, the Browns struck a deal with the Bills to trade WR Corey Coleman. With that, the Browns now have a spot open on their roster. 

So, what does this matter for the Giants? Well, Browns WR Jarvis Landry still has hopes of playing with his former college teammate Odell Beckham Jr. 

Landry lobbyed for the Browns to trade for the Pro-Bowl wideout in the past, and the same can be said now with a roster spot open in Cleveland. Also, Beckham has yet to sign a contact extension with the Giants, and the start of talks between his agent and the front office haven't been productive so far.

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Aug 1, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) walks onto the field during training camp in East Rutherford. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)
Aug 1, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) walks onto the field during training camp in East Rutherford. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)

Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. is known to be one of the most interesting personalities off the football field as well as on it. From his fashionable wardrobe to his star-studded friend group, Beckham is a clear standout in the NFL. 

But, he decided to stand out even more with his latest fashion statement. 

Beckham decided to implant a diamond cross into his teeth (yes, you're reading that correctly). TMZ filmed the surgery, which cost $5,000, that Dr. Lee Gause performed. 

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Beckham Jr. on contract talks 00:00:48
Odell Beckham Jr. on potential new contract with Giants: "Yeah, I'm optimistic. I'm confident it'll all work itself out. Life always does."

Giants WR Odell Beckham is still searching for a new contract, but unlike fellow superstars Julio Jones and Le'Veon Bell, he's never threatened a holdout. 

When speaking about his contract, Beckham has proven to be publicly reasonable, nuanced and reserved. He hasn't put his name to any outlandish claims nor demands. What goes on with his agent behind the scenes, of course, isn't public knowledge.

"Who doesn't to get more money?" Beckham said, via Ryan Dunleavy of NJ.com."Everybody does. You just have to be realistic with yourself. You see what happened over the offseason. You can't really worry about anybody else. Just let them figure it out."

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Nov 27, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) celebrates his touchdown run against the Cleveland Browns during the second quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports (Scott Galvin)
Nov 27, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) celebrates his touchdown run against the Cleveland Browns during the second quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports (Scott Galvin)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Giants have always wanted to strike a long-term deal with Odell Beckham, and they've always understood the cost will be incredibly expensive. There's no way around that with the man who almost certainly will be the highest-paid receiver in the league.

But can the Giants really afford to give Beckham a five-year deal worth $90 million or more, with perhaps as much as $60 million guaranteed? And how much will that hurt them under the salary cap, both now and in future years?

"It could be a little complicated, but it's definitely workable," one NFL agent told SNY. "Teams can always find room under the salary cap if they really want to. And the salary cap is always going up."

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. runs the ball after a catch and tries to avoid a tackle by Buffalo Bills strong safety Duke Williams during the first half at New Era Field. (Timothy T. Ludwig/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. runs the ball after a catch and tries to avoid a tackle by Buffalo Bills strong safety Duke Williams during the first half at New Era Field. (Timothy T. Ludwig/USA TODAY Sports)

This is the news Giants fans have been waiting to hear all offseason.

It appears Big Blue has finally begun contract talks with star WR Odell Beckham Jr., SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed. ESPN's Jordan Raanan was the first to report it on Thursday.

Vacchiano is hearing the talks are "very, very preliminary," but it is worth noting his agent, Zeke Sandhu, was seen at camp speaking with the Giants' front office staff including assistant GM Kevin Abrams. His mother and father are there as well, however, they are regulars at camp.

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Odell Beckham (13) Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Giants co-owner John Mara said last week that the team was prepared to speak with the agents for Odell Beckham Jr. "sooner rather than later" regarding a contract extension. But will that extension be done before training camp ends?

"Depends on how reasonable they want to be," Mara said Wednesday on WFAN's Morning Show with Boomer and Gio.

Mara wouldn't give a timetable last week, either, but said he expected negotiations to start fairly soon -- and that the Giants knew what it would take.

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Odell in action on Monday 00:00:40
Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. looked healthy and strong during Monday's Big Blue practice, hauling in passes from Eli Manning.

The Giants' offense is already generating tons of buzz with the overload of weapons available on the depth chart. And for other teams around the league, fear is starting to set in. 

Led by star WR Odell Beckham Jr., the Giants possess above-average player at every position. Along with Beckham, Sterling Shepard will be another option in the receiving corps. At tight end, Evan Engram burst onto the scene last year as a pass-catching threat as well as one of Eli Manning's top end zone targets. And to round it all up, we all know what rookie RB Saquon Barkley is expected to bring to the table.

Looking at all of these options to work with, one AFC scout wouldn't want any defense to have to defend this group. So what should teams do?

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) looks on against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. (Brace Hemmelgarn)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) looks on against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. (Brace Hemmelgarn)

Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is filing a countersuit against a man who was allegedly trying to extort him for nearly $1 million, TMZ reports.

Beckham is suing Ishmael Temple, who alleges one of Beckham's bodyguards beat him up at a Beverly Hills house party in January. Temple allegedly tried to extort Beckham, alleging Beckham tried to offer a girl $1,000 to sleep with her. 

Temple, according to Beckham and his attorney, Daniel Davillier, initially wanted $999,999 in a settlement to cover up Beckham's alleged involvement, but lowered the amount to $225,000.

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - There have been times in Odell Beckham Jr's career when he seemed too temperamental for his own good, or when he made strange decisions and invited unnecessary problems that threatened to overshadow what a great player he truly he is.

But whatever the 25-year-old superstar has been in the past -- a player his former GM once publicly told to "grow up," and one that pushed the limits of the Giants' patience over the years -- even his worst critics have to give him credit for what he just did. Pushed to a crossroads in his life and career by the Giants, who were legitimately tired of his controversial nature, Beckham did what very few expected him to do.

He let his actions speak more than his words. He proved he was ready to grow up. He showed he could fully commit to their program. He stayed out of trouble, put his head down and worked hard, and bucked the trend around the league by refusing to holdout...

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John Mara on Odell contract 00:00:41
New York Giants co-owner John Mara addressed talks for a new Odell Beckham Jr. contract, saying "I think those will start pretty soon."

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr's good behavior over the last few months is about to really pay off.

Giants co-owner John Mara said on Thursday that negotiations on a new, lucrative, long-term contract with his star receiver will begin shortly.

"I anticipate that we'll be speaking with his agents sooner rather than later," Mara said. "I'm not going to give you an exact timetable on that, but I think those will start pretty soon."

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) during the team's NFL football organized activities, Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in East Rutherford, N.J.. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger) 
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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) during the team's NFL football organized activities, Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in East Rutherford, N.J.. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger) (Adam Hunger/AP)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Now that Odell Beckham Jr. has reported on time for Giants training camp, head coach Pat Shurmur expects him to be a (mostly) full participant, too.

Though Shurmur promised the Giants would "be smart" with Beckham, who is nine months removed from surgery on a broken ankle, the coach made it clear there shouldn't be much holding his star receiver back. Asked specifically if he expected Beckham will be medically cleared to participate without limitations, Shurmur said "I do. I anticipate that he'll be here and ready to go."

That's a little different than what happened during the Giants' full-team mini-camp in June, when Shurmur insisted Beckham was "cleared to practice," but the receiver only participated in individual drills. According to a source, the Giants wanted him to fully participate in that camp, but Beckham chose not to because of his uncertain contract situation.

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