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New York Giants running back Orleans Darkwa stiff arms Denver Broncos strong safety Justin Simmons in the second quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants running back Orleans Darkwa stiff arms Denver Broncos strong safety Justin Simmons in the second quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)

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Well, that was unexpected.

The Giants suffered through one of their worst weeks in years, with their best player and two other receivers lost to the season with injuries, one player suspended, several other players hurt and a general sense of chaos, unhappiness and gloom hanging over the team. Going on the road to Denver against one of the NFL's best defenses seemed like an obvious recipe for disaster.

So, how to explain the scoreboard: Giants 23, Broncos 10?

Tags: Bobby Hart, Brandon Marshall, D.J. Fluker, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, John Jerry, Jonathan Casillas, Justin Pugh, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Sterling Shepard, Weston Richburg, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants center Weston Richburg blocks against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants center Weston Richburg blocks against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

With center Weston Richburg among seven Giants players inactive for Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos, New York adjusted its offensive line to feature Brett Jones at center, DJ Fluker at right guard, John Jerry at left guard and Justin Pugh at right tackle.

Richburg is out due to a concussion after missing practice on Wednesday and Thursday.

The Giants also ruled defensive end Olivier Vernon (ankle), wide receiver Sterling Shepard (ankle), linebacker Jonathan Casillas (neck), defensive end Romeo Okwara (ankle), running back Paul Perkins (ribs) and quarterback David Webb out.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Brett Jones, Denver Broncos, Dwayne Harris, Jonathan Casillas, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Paul Perkins, Sterling Shepard, Weston Richburg
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Ben McAdoo (Bill Kostroun/AP)
Ben McAdoo (Bill Kostroun/AP)

Giants head coach Ben McAdoo said Friday that no one is giving his 0-5 team "a chance in hell" to win on Sunday night against the Broncos in Denver.

"We've got a great opportunity," McAdoo said. "There's nobody giving us a chance in hell to go win this ballgame. People don't think we can score a point without 13 [Odell Beckham, Jr.]. They think our defense has lost its stinger. Special teams isn't important to the whole locker room. So, we're going to find out what we're made out of on a big stage, and I think we have a good football team."

The Giants, who lost wide receivers Beckham, Brandon Marshall, and Dwayne Harris to season-ending injuries during last week's loss to the Chargers, will also be without Sterling Shepard on Sunday.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Dwayne Harris, Jonathan Casillas, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Paul Perkins, Sterling Shepard, Tavarres King, Weston Richburg, Danny Abriano
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Olivier Vernon (Eric Hartline)
Olivier Vernon (Eric Hartline)

Giants DE Olivier Vernon (ankle), WR Sterling Shepard (ankle), LB Jonathan Casillas (neck), C Weston Richburg (concussion), DE Romeo Okwara (ankle), and RB Paul Perkins (ribs) have all been ruled out for Sunday night's game against the Broncos in Denver. 

S Landon Collins (ankle) is questionable.

Sherpard and Vernon both said earlier this week that they were feeling better, but remained out of practice on Wednesday and Thursday.

Earlier this week, the Giants placed Odell Beckham Jr. (ankle surgery), Dwayne Harris (foot), and Brandon Marshall (ankle) on season-ending IR.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Dwayne Harris, Jonathan Casillas, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Paul Perkins, Sterling Shepard, Weston Richburg
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GEICO SportsNite: DRC suspension 00:00:57
Janoris Jenkins and Olivier Vernon offer their thoughts on Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie's suspension during their 0-5 start to the season.

Giants DE Olivier Vernon hopes to see the team's defensive players stepping up in the absence of CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.

Vernon, who called Rodgers-Cromartie a "great leader," said he is not certain of the details surrounding the suspension but said the team needs to focus on preparing for the Denver Broncos.

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 (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
(Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Giants LB Jonathan Casillas (neck), S Landon Collins (ankle), RB Paul Perkins (ribs), C Weston Richburg (concussion), WR Sterling Shepard (ankle), and DE Olivier Vernon (ankle) all missed practice on Thursday for a second consecutive day.

DE Romeo Okwara (knee) was a limited participant.

Shepard, who sparined his ankle against the Chargers last Sunday, said earlier this week he has "no idea" if he will be ready for the Giants' game against the Broncos on Sunday night. However, Shepard does feel the ankle healing.

Tags: Jonathan Casillas, Landon Collins, Olivier Vernon, Paul Perkins, Sterling Shepard, Weston Richburg
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 (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
(Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Giants LB Jonathan Casillas (neck), S Landon Collins (ankle), RB Paul Perkins (ribs), C Weston Richburg (concussion), WR Sterling Shepard (ankle), and DE Olivier Vernon (ankle) all missed practice on Thursday for a second consecutive day.

DE Romeo Okwara (knee) was a limited participant.

Shepard, who sparined his ankle against the Chargers last Sunday, said earlier this week he has "no idea" if he will be ready for the Giants' game against the Broncos on Sunday night. However, Shepard does feel the ankle healing.

Tags: Jonathan Casillas, Landon Collins, Olivier Vernon, Paul Perkins, Sterling Shepard, Weston Richburg
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 (Noah K. Murray)
(Noah K. Murray)

Giants WR Sterling Shepard, DE Olivier Vernon, and S Landon Collins were among many notable players on the team's injury report Wednesday. 

Shepard, who sparined his ankle in the matchup against the Chargers last Sunday, said he has "no idea" if he will be ready for the Giants' primetime game against the Broncos on Sunday night. However, Shepard does feel the ankle healing.

"I'm doing a lot better," he said. "Feels a lot better than it did yesterday, so that's a good start."

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 (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
(Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Just when it looks like it can't get any worse … it gets worse.

Not only have the Giants lost as many games this season (five) as they lost all of last season, but they've now lost their best player, likely for the entire season, and four-fifths of what they thought would be the best receiving corps in the league.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Damon Harrison, D.J. Fluker, Dwayne Harris, Eli Manning, Evan Engram, John Jerry, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Roger Lewis, San Diego Chargers, Sterling Shepard, Wayne Gallman, Ralph Vacchiano
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Sep 24, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) is chased by New York Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon (54) during the third quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
Sep 24, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) is chased by New York Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon (54) during the third quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

DE Olivier Vernon is among seven inactive players for Sunday's Giants' Week 5 game against the Chargers at MetLife Stadium.

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New York Giants center Weston Richburg blocks against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants center Weston Richburg blocks against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

The Giants ruled center Weston Richburg and running back Paul Perkins out for Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Chargers.

New York also listed defensive ends Olivier VernonJason Pierre-Paul and Avery Moss, and offensive guard John Jerry as questionable with various injuries.

Pierre-Paul told SNY's Taylor Rooks on Thursday that he'd be ready to go on Sunday.

Richburg has been in the league's concussion protocol, and Brett Jones is likely to be the team's starting center on Sunday, according to Inside Football's Patricia Traina, as the Giants seek their first win of the season.

Tags: Avery Moss, Jason Pierre-Paul, John Jerry, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Wayne Gallman, Weston Richburg
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Sep 24, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) is chased by New York Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon (54) during the third quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
Sep 24, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) is chased by New York Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon (54) during the third quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

DE Olivier Vernon said he and the rest of the Giants defense worked through film this week to determine what has gone wrong as of late.

The team enters this week with an 0-4 record and a defense that has allowed 142 yards rushing per game this season.

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Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul, who is dealing with a shoulder injury, says he's playing against the Chargers on Sunday.

"Of course I'm playing Sunday," Pierre-Paul told reporters. "No question." 

Pierre-Paul played every snap of the Giants' loss to Tampa in Week 4, with head coach Ben McAdoo saying the shoulder issue developed earlier this week.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Weston Richburg
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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Giants appear to be bracing for another offensive line shakeup -- and maybe one on the defensive line, too.

Three key players on those lines were missing from the 0-4 team's practice on Wednesday -- center Weston Richburg and defensive ends Olivier Vernon and Jason Pierre-Paul. Richburg is in the NFL's concussion protocol and it seems unlikely he'll be available for the game against the 0-4 Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday. Vernon is dealing with ankle injury and JPP has a shoulder injury that apparently got worse over the last few days...

Tags: Bobby Hart, Brandon Marshall, Brett Jones, Damon Harrison, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Weston Richburg, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon tries to tackle Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Jacquizz Rodgers during the first quarter at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon tries to tackle Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Jacquizz Rodgers during the first quarter at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon left Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after he aggravated an ankle injury.

Vernon was ruled questionable entering Sunday after he suffered an ankle injury last week against the Philadelphia Eagles.

While an MRI on his ankle came back negative, he missed practice Wednesday and Thursday.

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Sep 24, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) is chased by New York Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon (54) during the third quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
Sep 24, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) is chased by New York Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon (54) during the third quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

Giants DE Olivier Vernon (ankle) and LB Jonathan Casillas (ankle/wrist) are active for the team's Week four matchup against the Buccaneers after they were listed as questionable.

 

Tags: Avery Moss, Bobby Hart, Davis Webb, Jonathan Casillas, Olivier Vernon, Orleans Darkwa
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 (Robert Deutsch)
(Robert Deutsch)

Giants DE Olivier Vernon (ankle), LB Jonathan Casillas (ankle/wrist), G Brett Jones (hip), and RB Orleans Darkwa (back) are all listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers in Tampa Bay.

T Bobby Hart (ankle), who had missed practice on Wednesday, parcicipated on a limited basis on Thursday and is no longer on the injury report.

LB B.J. Goodson (shin), who returned to practice earlier this week, is also no longer on the injury report.

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Bobby Hart, Brett Jones, Jonathan Casillas, Olivier Vernon, Orleans Darkwa
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 (Brad Penner - USA TODAY SPORTS)
(Brad Penner - USA TODAY SPORTS)

Giants DE Olivier Vernon (ankle) missed practice for the second straight day on Thursday.

T Bobby Hart (ankle), who had missed practice on Wednesday, parcicipated on a limited basis on Thursday.

LB B.J. Goodson (shin) was limited for a second straight day after returning to practice on Wednesday...

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Bobby Hart, Brett Jones, J.T. Thomas, Janoris Jenkins, Jonathan Casillas, Olivier Vernon, Orleans Darkwa, Shane Vereen
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 (Alex Brandon/AP)
(Alex Brandon/AP)

During a meeting with the players on Wednesday night, Giants co-owner John Mara requested for them to stand during the national anthem but said he would support those who kneel, LB Jonathan Casillas relayed to reporters on Thursday.

S Landon Collins said the meeting was a "heart-to-heart" and that Mara was "very supportive" of the players, according to Art Stapleton of The Record.

Collins, Damon Harrison, and Olivier Vernon all knelt during the anthem prior to Sunday's game against the Eagles in response to President Donald Trump's comments on Friday night.

Tags: Damon Harrison, Jonathan Casillas, Justin Pugh, Landon Collins, Olivier Vernon
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 (Noah K. Murray)
(Noah K. Murray)

Giants LB B.J. Goodson (shin) practiced on a limited basis on Wednesday after missing the last two games.

Janoris Jenkins, who had been dealing wih wrist and ankle injuries but played last Sunday against the Eagles, practiced in full.

LB Jonathan Casillas (ankle/wrist), RB Orleans Darkwa (back), OT Bobby Hart (ankle), LB J.T. Thomas (groin), DE Olivier Vernon (ankle), and RB Shane Vereen (calf) all missed practice.

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Bobby Hart, J.T. Thomas, Janoris Jenkins, Jonathan Casillas, Olivier Vernon, Orleans Darkwa, Shane Vereen
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Sep 24, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) is chased by New York Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon (54) during the third quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
Sep 24, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) is chased by New York Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon (54) during the third quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

Giants DE Olivier Vernon said his MRI came back negative, and he hopes to practice on Wednesday, per NorthJersey.com's Art Stapleton.

Vernon suffered an ankle injury during the Giants' game against the Eagles that he continued to play through. However, on the Eagles' final two scoring drives, he was not seen on the defensive line.

He said the injury "kinda got worse" as the game went on. The 26-year-old recorded a sack and five tackles before exiting. 

This season, Vernon has amassed 12 tackles and two sacks over three games. 

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New York Giants players stand during the national anthem before game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants players stand during the national anthem before game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)

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PHILADELPHIA -- Olivier Vernon is the son of a retired police officer who served for 25 years. He's a child of immigrants, with a father who came from Jamaica and a mother who hailed from Switzerland. He has watched the racial problems he sees in this country for a while, and listened closely to the words of a man he insisted "ain't my president."

Sometime on Saturday, though, the Giants defensive end decided he had enough.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Damon Harrison, Jonathan Casillas, Landon Collins, Olivier Vernon, Philadelphia Eagles, Ralph Vacchiano
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Sep 24, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back Corey Clement (30) runs with the ball against New York Giants strong safety Landon Collins (21) and defensive end Olivier Vernon (54) during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Sep 24, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back Corey Clement (30) runs with the ball against New York Giants strong safety Landon Collins (21) and defensive end Olivier Vernon (54) during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

Giants DE Olivier Vernon left Sunday's game against the Eagles with an ankle injury and was ruled out for the remainder of the game.

Vernon left in the second half after walking with a noticeable limp. He had five tackles in the game.

Vernon, who signed a five-year deal with the Giants before the 2016 season, started all 16 games last season and the first three games this season.

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Dec 18, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) sacked by New York Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon (54) in the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)
Dec 18, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) sacked by New York Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon (54) in the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

Giants DE Olivier Vernon knows the team's defense will have their hands full when they face veteran QB Matthew Stafford and the Lions on Monday night.

Stafford threw for 292 yards and four touchdowns in the Lions' 35-23 win over the Cardinals in Week 1, and he also ran the ball twice for 14 yards. Vernon praised Stafford for his mobility and awareness as a veteran quarterback.

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Odell and other problems 00:01:16
In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR says that Odell Beckham Jr?s ankle is not the only concern for the Giants offense.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Odell Beckham stayed inside, away from the prying eyes of the media, as the Giants practiced on Monday afternoon. But his teammate, Olivier Vernon, said Beckham was "in high spirits" and he was apparently walking around the locker room as if his ankle was fine.

Still, the Giants preferred to keep their star receiver's sprained ankle cloaked in mystery as they returned to practice for the first time since Beckham's injury on Monday night. Giants coach Ben McAdoo again refused to provide an update, except to confirm that he's "getting treatment" and the team is taking it "day by day."

But even though Beckham's status for the Giants' opener on Sept. 10 is in doubt, Beckham's demeanor has given his teammates a positive outlook on how quickly he can return...

Tags: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Weston Richburg, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers prepares to block Washington Redskins linebacker Preston Smith during the first half at FedEx Field. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers prepares to block Washington Redskins linebacker Preston Smith during the first half at FedEx Field. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Even by Odell Beckham Jr.'s standards, this was a spectacular play: a leaping, one-handed, almost-backhanded catch at the 5-yard line, followed by enough body control to hang on, switch hands and scamper untouched into the end zone. There was a gasp from the crowd, followed by the loudest cheers of the day.

There was only one problem: about 35 yards behind him, the play had already blown up.

Tags: Bobby Hart, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Olivier Vernon, Pittsburgh Steelers, Weston Richburg, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Erich Schlegel)
(Erich Schlegel)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The news that Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has been suspended for the first six games of the NFL season has the potential to cause a seismic shift in the NFC East. But it didn't cause many waves in the Giants locker room.

As far as the Giants are concerned, the Cowboys will be tough to beat in the regular season opener with or without the NFL's best young running back. So the news didn't change their outlook on the season one bit.

I don't care," said Giants linebacker Jonathan Casillas. "We get them how we get them. But they're still Dallas now. They still have a very good young quarterback who had a good, strong rookie year. They've got a strong receiver on the outside, one of the better slot receivers in the game, one of the greatest tight ends I ever played against. Those guys are still there. Their O-line is still intact."

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New York Giants linebacker Devon Kennard during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. (Jeff Hanisch/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants linebacker Devon Kennard during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. (Jeff Hanisch/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants linebacker Devon Kennard said he hopes New York's defense can maintain its high energy a year after giving up the second fewest points in the league.

"I want to see us set the tempo from ground zero, and that's me personally," Kennard said. "If safeties and linebackers are communicating well, and we are getting the things that we need to to the D-line, from a linebacker perspective, I think it starts there. If we are doing that and being physical, I like where we are headed."

The Giants bring back a strong defensive core with a defensive line that features Jason Pierre-Paul, Damon Harrison and Olivier Vernon; linebackers Kennard and Jonathan Casillas; and a secondary of Eli Apple, Janoris Jenkins, Landon Collins and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. By retaining so many defenders, Kennard said the team's familiarity with the system and each other can only help moving forward.

"We already know so much about the defense, so now we can get into the little details and nuances that maybe a year or two ago we weren't able to hit the same way because there were so many guys trying to learn the defense," said Kennard, who recorded 61 combined tackles, one sack, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery while playing all 16 games last season.

Tags: Damon Harrison, Devon Kennard, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Landon Collins, Olivier Vernon
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 (Brad Mills)
(Brad Mills)

Giants DE Olivier Vernon said LT Ereck Flowers has improved since last season.

"As far as his hands, his hands are getting better," Vernon said after practice on Thursday. "As far as technique, he's improved a whole lot, I'll say that. I know with Flowers, he's always working on his technique and asking questions about what he's doing wrong or what he's doing good on. So, that tells me he's somebody just trying to get better."

Flowers, who has been the Giants' starting left tackle for the last two seasons after being selected with the 9th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, has also been asking Vernon how he can get better.

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 (William Hauser)
(William Hauser)

High expectations meet the Giants heading into training camp, and they come from past Super Bowl champions who believe the team can do great things this season.

Participating at a charity golf event to support the Ottis Anderson Scholarship Fund, Billy Ard, a guard on the 1986 Super Bowl champion Giants squad, thinks just making the playoffs isn't enough this season. 

"I think this should be a championship-type team," Ard told The Post's George Willis. "It's not just getting into the playoffs and lose in the first round. This should be an NFC Championship type of team and I think anything less would be upsetting to management, the fan base and the players."

Former wide receiver Stephen Baker, who also played with the 1990 Super Bowl Giants, believes it was a good step for this current squad to make the playoffs last season. However, the end result should make them want to go further this year...

Tags: Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon
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 (Geoff Burke)
(Geoff Burke)

The Giants flaunt one of the highest-paid defensive lines in all of football. Can they live up to their contracts? Here's a closer look at what to expect...


Projected StartersJason Pierre-Paul, Olivier Vernon, Damon Harrison, Dalvin Tomlinson

Projected BackupsRobert Thomas, Romeo Okwara, Jay Bromley, Avery Moss, Kerry Wynn, Owa Odighizuwa

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New York Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison hitting practice dummy during mini camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (William Hauser/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison hitting practice dummy during mini camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (William Hauser/USA TODAY Sports)

New York Giants defensive end Damon Harrison defended wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.'s decision to skip organized team activities in the spring.

"As long as [he] can still do what he needs to do to be prepared for the season," Harrison said on NFL Network's Good Morning Football, according to the New York Post's Thomas Lipe.

"Have you seen him this offseason? [He looks] awesome."

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 (William Hauser)
(William Hauser)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Giants began the offseason with a heartbreaking playoff loss that left them with mixed feelings. They were crushed that they blew an 11-5 season and a terrific opportunity. But they were hopeful that they were on the verge of being a true contender again.

Everything they did this offseason was with that in mind. There's still a lot of work to be done when training camp opens on July 27, of course, and a lot can change between now and Opening Day on Sept. 10. But for now, here are five things we've learned about these Giants as their "offseason" officially comes to an end:

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Bobby Hart, Darian Thompson, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Jason Pierre-Paul, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Shane Vereen, Sterling Shepard, Ralph Vacchiano
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Jun 13, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon (54) during press conference at mini camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports (William Hauser)
Jun 13, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon (54) during press conference at mini camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports (William Hauser)

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Odell Beckham may have gotten all the headlines, but he wasn't the only Giant to make his offseason debut on Tuesday. Olivier Vernon finally showed up after skipping the team's offseason program, too.

His absence was much quieter, though, and for a variety of reasons - including the biggest one, which is that he's not quite the superstar that Beckham has become. It also helped that Vernon wasn't a fixture at the NBA Finals and wasn't active on social media. Also, there was little mystery in Vernon's absence, since he just signed an enormous contract with the Giants last offseason.

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) during warmups before a game against the Cincinnati Bengals at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) during warmups before a game against the Cincinnati Bengals at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. has arrived at the team's facility for his physical, SNY.tv's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed Monday morning.

DE Olivier Vernon, who was the other prominent Giant to skip the team's OTAs, has also arrived at the facility for his physical, according to Art Stapleton of The Record.

After taking a break from the public eye, Beckham proclaimed his return Sunday night, posting a video of his offseason training with the hashtag "ImBack." 

Beckham made headlines recently by skipping the team's 10 voluntary OTA practices.

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JR Sport Brief: Defending Odell 00:01:34
In the latest installment of JR Sport Brief on SNY.tv, JR defends Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham for his absence from voluntary OTAs.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The organized team activities (OTAs) are voluntary and Odell Beckham, Jr. is definitely allowed to skip them if he wants.

But it sure sounds like his coach would prefer if he were here.

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New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) celebrates a sack of New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland)
New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) celebrates a sack of New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

In the last two full games Jason Pierre-Paul played last season, he was a monster. He forced two fumbles, he had 5 ½ sacks. He was everywhere on the field, as disruptive as he had been in years.

"I was just getting warmed up, man," JPP said on Thursday. "I was just starting to get on a roll."

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 (Kevin Hoffman)
(Kevin Hoffman)

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The Giants wanted to bring Johnathan Hankins back and they did all the right things to try to make that happen. They made him a generous offer. They patiently waited for his response. They didn't seriously pursue other defensive tackles or (for the most part) publicly pressure him to take their deal. They let their offer sit there and gave him all the space he needed until he decided to make up his mind.

In the end, he found his riches elsewhere. They always knew that was the risk.

Tags: Damon Harrison, Jason Pierre-Paul, Jay Bromley, Johnathan Hankins, Olivier Vernon, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (AP)
(AP)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

PHOENIX - At the miserable end of the 2015 season, as the Giants were basically firing Tom Coughlin, John Mara wasn't willing to let his general manager completely off the hook. He officially put Jerry Reese on notice when he said "Jerry knows this is on him."

A $200 million spending spree, an 11-5 record, and a return to the playoffs later, it appears that Reese isn't on the Giants' hot seat anymore.

"There was a lot of heat on Jerry," Giants co-owner Steve Tisch said during the NFL Owners Meetings on Monday at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel. "John Mara, my partner, made it very clear to Jerry that 'We're watching you and we have very high expectations, and it's really your time to deliver, Jerry.' So the moves he made last season, clearly in retrospect, were hugely significant and changed the whole defense of the team. 

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 (Jerome Miron)
(Jerome Miron)

University of Tennessee DE Derek Barnett will be the Giants' pick in this year's NFL draft, ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. predicted in his third Mock Draft.

The Giants have the 23rd overall pick.

Kiper also had the Giants selecting Barnett in his second mock draft. He had New York selecting Wisconsin T Ryan Ramczyk in his first mock draft...

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The New York Giants placed the franchise tag on Jason Pierre-Paul on Tuesday with the hopes of agreeing on a long-term deal.

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The New York Giants want to keep their rejuvenated defense together, and they're willing to pay the price to do it. They proved that on Tuesday when they officially slapped the franchise tag on DE Jason Pierre-Paul.

That move all but guarantees the 28-year-old defensive end will play at least one more season with the Giants, though both sides seem to be hoping they'll soon strike a long-term deal that will keep him with the Giants for much longer. The tag, which is expected to be worth more than $17 million, will become official on Tuesday, an NFL source confirmed. But the source added the two sides will likely continue to talk in the hopes of agreeing to a new contract before free agency opens on March 9.

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New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul during the preseason game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul during the preseason game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

The New York Giants' decision to use their franchise tag on Jason Pierre-Paul probably won't sit well with either him or his agent. Pierre-Paul didn't want it. And if he doesn't end up with a long-term contract, he surely won't be happy.

The decision also tied up a dangerous amount of cap space into one position on the Giants' roster. They currently have $44 million (26 percent) tied up in three-fourths of their defensive line, with the fourth member (Johnathan Hankins) looking to cash in for himself when free agency starts.

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New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul celebrates a sack of New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees during the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul celebrates a sack of New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees during the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

If Jason Pierre-Paul doesn't sign a long-term contract before the start of the free-agent signing period on March 9, he will count for approximately $17 million against the New York Giants' salary cap. That would be more than 10 percent of the projected $168 million cap, and the second-highest number on the team.

It would also mean the Giants will have $33 million in cap space (or about 20 percent of the projected cap) tied up in their two starting defensive ends, and a total of about $44 million (26 percent) tied up in three-fourths of their defensive line -- with the fourth member (defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins) looking to cash in for himself when free agency starts.

The Giants are still projected to have around $15-17 million to spend in free agency, assuming the cap is set at $168 million. They can also clear more room by cutting some players in the next 10 days or restructuring some of their biggest deals.

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New York Giants defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins (95) during the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. (Kevin Hoffman)
New York Giants defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins (95) during the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. (Kevin Hoffman)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

There was a time when the Giants didn't value defensive tackles nearly as much as they do defensive ends. They wanted a rotation of outside pass rushers and they were willing to spend money and picks to get it. Inside, they were content with a bunch of big bodies clogging up the running lanes - preferably players they developed themselves.

Of course, that hasn't been the same since Jerry Reese took over as general manager. He once made a big offer to Albert Haynesworth in 2009 and he pondered a big-money run at Ndamukong Suh in 2015. Five times in his 10 drafts he's taken a defensive tackle in the first three rounds. And last March he gave Damon Harrison a five-year, $46.25 million contract with $24 million guaranteed.

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New York Giants safety Landon Collins (21) during game 16 of the NFL International Series against the Los Angeles Rams at Twickenham Statdium. (Kirby Lee)
New York Giants safety Landon Collins (21) during game 16 of the NFL International Series against the Los Angeles Rams at Twickenham Statdium. (Kirby Lee)

Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and safety Landon Collins were two of the six Giants listed among Pro Football Focus' top 101 players of 2016, NJ.com reported on Wednesday. Cornerbacks Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (30th) and Janoris Jenkins (40th), defensive tackle Damon Harrison (44th) and defensive end Olivier Vernon (71st) were also included on the list.

Collins (eighth) was the top-ranked Giant while Beckham was deemed to be the 51st best player this past season. Collins, Beckham and Jenkins were three of the four Giants selected to this year's Pro Bowl.

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New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) celebrates a sack of New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland)
New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) celebrates a sack of New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

Each week, SNY will put a current player, a position, or perhaps a draft or free agent target of the Giants in the spotlight as part of our regular offseason coverage. This week we begin with the intriguing figure that may hold the key to all of the Giants' offseason plans:

DE Jason Pierre-Paul.

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

The Giants didn't just rebuild their team last season, they also helped rebuild Steve Spagnuolo's career.

The popular defensive coordinator, whose prior two years on the job were historically bad (with the Giants in 2015 and the Saints in 2012), earned rave reviews for the way he helped revive the Giants' defense last season. And as a result, the Giants gave him a two-year contract extension, according to a league source, to ensure he'd be back for more.

That move -- first reported by ESPN -- was really a foregone conclusion. "Spags" didn't even receive a nibble in the latest round of head coaching searches, so his job options were limited even though his defense went from 32nd in the league last season to 10th overall this season as the Giants allowed the second-fewest points in the league.

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 (Vincent Carchietta)
(Vincent Carchietta)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

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

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

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

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

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New York Giants defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins and New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul in the first half at MetLife Stadium. (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins and New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul in the first half at MetLife Stadium. (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

Rebuilding the New York Giants' defense cost them a ton of money last offseason, and keeping it from falling apart again might cost a little more.

But it's the price they have to pay if they want to win another championship in the Eli Manning era. And that's why between now and the start of free agency in March, the Giants have to do their best to re-sign Johnathan Hankins and Jason Pierre-Paul.

Tags: Brian Winters, Damon Harrison, Eli Manning, Jason Pierre-Paul, Jay Bromley, Johnathan Hankins, Olivier Vernon, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)
(Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

The Giants could have somewhere near $40 million in salary cap space to play with this offseason if the cap rises all the way to $168 million, as some in the NFL project. They might even end up with more, depending on what contracts they restructure and which players they decide to cut.

And while that may not be enough to turn them into big spenders in free agency the way they were a year ago, it certainly is enough for them to re-sign some of their own unrestricted free agents. They have 17 UFAs to deal with, and several other free agents who are restricted. And a few of them could demand and command big money from someone -- particularly the two free agents on the Giants' defensive line.

Tags: Darian Thompson, Eli Manning, Jason Pierre-Paul, John Jerry, Johnathan Hankins, Keenan Robinson, Kerry Wynn, Larry Donnell, Mark Herzlich, Marshall Newhouse, Nikita Whitlock, Olivier Vernon, Orleans Darkwa, Ryan Nassib, Shane Vereen, Trevin Wade, Will Beatty, Will Tye, Zak DeOssie, Ralph Vacchiano
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